Bellefonte school board OKs preliminary budget

At a Bellefonte Area school board meeting Tuesday night, the nine-member board unanimously approved the 2017-18 proposed preliminary budget.

They also unanimously approved a plan that would take renovations of Rogers Stadium to the next step.

According to district Director of Fiscal Affairs Ken Bean, the 2017-18 proposed preliminary budget is set at $50.525 million — about $1.7 million more than the current school year’s budget.

But Bean said that’s a high estimate that could be lower by June, when the board will look to approve the final budget.

“That gives the board the flexibility it might need,” he said.

As for Rogers Stadium, the board voted to allow the ELA Group to prepare pre-schematic and schematic designs and zoning ordinance amendments for the planned renovations and additions.

ELA Group is a Centre region-based design architect and engineering firm that the district hired to help roll out plans for Rogers Stadium renovations and additions at the high school.

“Basically what ELA is doing is a schematic design, maybe like a rough draft drawing of what it could look like, and give to the capital campaign,” Bean said.

This phase will cost the district $27,100, according to a report from the district.

The Rogers Stadium project includes upgraded facilities and a parking lot that complies with ADA regulations. The track complex and football field renovation projects would be funded by donations solicited by a capital campaign.

Bean said it could cost $5 million to $7 million.

District administration also announced at Tuesday’s meeting that March 3 will be a snow makeup day.

Britney Milazzo: 814-231-4648, @M11azzo