Bald Eagle

Bald Eagle Area school board approves budget

The Bald Eagle Area School board unanimously approved its budget Thursday night.

The budget included a tax increase, though not as steep as earlier reported. Property tax rates will go up 1.34 mills, costing the average homeowner in the area an additional $40.29 a year, district business manager Craig Livergood said.

The final budget passed Thursday weighed in at $29.8 million, an increase of about $500,000 from the 2014-2015 budget. The majority of the money, 61 percent, goes toward salaries and benefits.

Livergood said the 2 mill increase reported to the CDT last week was on the high end of increases taxpayers could have faced.

Before the meeting started, two district employees were presented the Lauretta Woodson Awards by the Centre County Association of School Retirees. The group, made up of retired educators, bus drivers, custodians and others that had careers in schools, presents an award to a professional and support staffer from local school districts.

Association President Bob Watson gave the support staff award to district health assistant Ruth Rhodes and the professional award to special education teacher Jamie Smith for her work in the middle school’s Life Skills program.