SCASD board to review proposed final budget for 2016-2017

During tonight’s meeting of the State College Area School District Board of Directors, the proposed final budget for 2016-2017 will be presented by business administrator Randy Brown.

Included in the proposed final budget are $144,601,893 in revenue and $146,963,194 in expenses.

It is scheduled to be submitted for board approval May 9 and contains a 4.32 percent increase in real estate tax.

That increase can be broken down as the sum of the 2.4 percent allowed under the base Act 1 Index, the maximum real estate tax increase that is allowed for the district and the 1.92 percent for referendum debt exceptions.

The budget includes $4,929,982 in additional real estate tax revenue from the tax rate increase and growth in assessed value.

The district is required to tax the Act 1 Index limit in order to take advantage of all referendum debt exceptions.

In other business, the district will address two potential rennovations at the Radio Park and Houserville elementary schools.

An accelerated district-wide facilities master plan presented last week by the administration would allow the district to meet the deadline for a state Department of Community and Economic Development grant.

This could reimburse the district up to $2 million per construction project. The Radio Park and Houserville elementary schools are expected to be the most expensive of the remaining elementary school projects.

The accelerated DWFMP timeline would start in May. The administration is recommending the design team of Crabtree Rohrbaugh and Associates and Massaro Construction Management Services based on their work with the ongoing State High Project.

The board will also review the proposed revised calendar for 2016-2017. Under the proposed calendar school would start on Aug. 29 and end on June 9.

The administration is recommending that the traditional spring break in March be extended from three days to a full week in response to declining attendance the Thursday and Friday after.

Frank Ready: 814-231-4620, @fjready