- State High Project
- State High Project
Regular meeting of the Board of School Directors — Jan. 25, 2016
STATE COLLEGE AREA SCHOOL DISTRICT MEDIA RELEASE
Jan. 25, 2016
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SCASD Board of School Directors Approves Preliminary Budge
2016-2017 Preliminary Budget
Before their vote, Business Administrator Randy Brown reminded board members that though their action Monday was required under the Act I Index timeline, they weren’t committed to a tax rate.
“This does not tie the Board to a set tax increase,” he said, noting that changes could occur during the proposed final budget and final budget discussions.
Board President Amber Concepcion said she would be willing to vote for the preliminary budget but wanted the district administration to explain later “the window in which we expect the Act 1 Index to be” in the next budget to better assess how many mills the Board may levy then.
The Board’s vote met the Jan. 27 state deadline for adopting a preliminary budget.
The budget includes a 4.32 percent real estate tax increase, which would mean the average district taxpayer with an assessed value of $71,985 would pay $130 more than during the 2015-2016 fiscal year.
The increase combines the Act I Index of 2.4 percent — the maximum property tax allowed for the district — with Act I exceptions meant to satisfy the State High referendum debt service schedule. By law, the district must levy the full Act I Index before applying for exceptions.
Principal payments for the $85 million referendum debt begin in 2016-2017, resulting in a $1.7 million increase in debt payments.
Under the preliminary budget, the millage rate will increase to 43.473 — 1.799 more than in 2015-2016. The district projects $143,684,629 in revenue and $143,135,910 in expenses.
The Board is expected to vote on applying for Act 1 referendum exceptions on Feb. 8, three days before the state deadline for doing so.
The proposed 2016-2017 Final Budget will be presented to the Board on April 25. A vote is expected on May 9.
A public hearing for the final budget is scheduled for June 6, and the Board expects to vote on adopting the budget on June 13.
State High Project update
six likely will remain safe.
five died previously and were not replaced.
five were removed recently for the North Building temporary parking.
17 likely will be removed soon.
To compensate for the 27 trees that either no longer exist or will go soon, the district is planning a rededication ceremony to plant replacement trees. The plan is for the ceremony to coincide with the 2016 first grade tree planting ceremony in May, both of which probably will take place at Community Field to avoid conflicting with construction.
97 trees around the north campus grounds
23 trees in south campus internal courtyards
140 new trees on south campus ground
The new trees will represent 33 species/cultivars with a variety of shapes, sizes, fall colors and landscape characteristics.
In addition, more than 137 shrubs of various types will be planted on the school grounds. Steeper slope areas will sport low-maintenance groundcovers, and native, low-maintenance grasses will grow in stormwater basins.
Board member Dan Duffy asked whether “any identifying plaques associated with trees” will be saved.
Poprik also explained anticipated “value engineering change orders” in the coming months that the project team hopes will lead to $1.5 million to $2 million in project savings.