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State College Area School Board on Cusp of Budget Approval; Staff Changes Revealed

by on June 11, 2012 10:24 PM

A final seal of approval is only a week away for the State College Area School District's 2012-13 budget.

The final adoption of the budget plan is set to be discussed and based on last week's public hearing, passed at the board's June 25 meeting, which is open to the public.

The board's public hearing at Mount Nittany Middle School last week presented the plan, set at $116.6 million and resulted in a 9-0 vote of approval.

The budget was put together without knowing the fate of how much state funding the district will receive and also pleased many property owners in the district, as homeowner's taxes would decrease from 3.3% to 2.4%.

The board approved multiple staff changes at its Monday night meeting.

Randy Brown took the position of business administrator of the district. Mike Maclay was approved as Principal of Easterly Parkway Elementary, Dr. Kristen DeWitt was made principal of Gray's Woods Elementary, Todd Dishong was approved as principal of both Houserville/Lemont elementary schools and Mark Feldman was tabbed Assistant Principal of Mt. Nittany Middle School.

Other items discussed at Monday evening's meeting were as follows:

  • Received budget report from the Career and Technical Center – the program currently has 95 total courses, 65 of which are currently being taught. Directors anticipate an increase in enrollment next year and over the span of 2008-2012 the center received donations totaling $37,140. 
  • Discussed changes to the Future of Technology program – the board discussed encouraging students to "bring their own technology" beginning in 9th grade. The board also discussed the idea of implementing devices such as iPads and Chromebooks rather than replacing older laptops and emphasizing the use of web-based word processors like Google Docs instead of Microsoft Office software currently being used.
  • Recommended school meal prices for the 2012-13 school year, which will be approved at the June 25 meeting, along with the general fund budget.

Jocelyn Brumbaugh is a student at Penn State and an intern for covering local news and events.
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