January 13, 2011 Meeting Minutes

State College Area School District

CAC for Finance

January 13, 2011

4:00 p.m., Board Room

131 West Nittany Avenue

State College, PA 16801



Jeff Ammerman

Rich Bartnik (absent)

Randy Brown

Anne Clymer

Marisa Flynn

Tim Hurley (absent)

Ann McGlaughlin (absent)

Jim Myers

Paul Olivett

Susan Sampsell (absent)

Lana Walker (absent)


Approval of Minutes: The minutes of the December 9, 2010 meeting were approved by consensus.  


2011-12 Budget/Cost Control:  Jeff reviewed the 2011-12 Preliminary Budget information that was presented to the board January 10. There are many unknowns at this point so conservative assumptions must be used until actual numbers are known. The board has three options: 1) pass a resolution to stay within the Act 1 Index of 1.4% tax increase; 2) prepare a preliminary budget and apply for all eligible exceptions; or 3) pursue referendum to increase taxes above the Index. Jeff recommended option 2.


Jeff will be scheduling a Cost Control Task Force meeting in the next month or two. He stated that at the next A-Team meeting administrators will be asked how they could cut their budget by 5%. They are still looking at the concentric circles approach. Last year’s major savings was due to attrition.   Savings this year include locking in electric rates and SCASD is close to locking in natural gas rates; MNMS got new lights which saved some energy costs. 


A member mentioned that during negotiations it could be argued that the district budgeted 3.5% increase so you’ve already planned on an increase in salaries. Jeff explained that he presented the preliminary budget as if all contracts were still in place.


Jeff said there is still a lot of work to do with budget development; nothing new to report on negotiations; the ad has been placed in newspapers for a Superintendent with paperwork to be received March 2, 2011; Mark Feldman was hired as MNMS Acting Assistant Principal.


Swap Litigation Update: Jeff explained that they are backtracking due to the death of the judge assigned to the case. RBC has not made any attempts to settle. 


Building Projects: Grays Woods received occupancy permits so the A-Team will hold their next meeting there. Ed Poprik posts pictures to our website of the progress at the other buildings. The construction projects are mostly on schedule and on budget right now. If things continue on schedule, it will allow us to sell Boalsburg on time.


Representatives of State College Borough and SCASD met January 6th to talk about Memorial Field. In general, the Borough is happy Memorial field is here. The options discussed were to keep the 131 W. Nittany Avenue building or tear it down. The Borough wants to keep the building. Ed will show more detailed options as well as phasing in work on field.   The wall and turf are going to be necessary upgrades.   Future meetings will include discussions about how to pay for Memorial Field upgrades.


The high school plans are continuing. Panorama Village is a potential home for Administration. 


Meeting Schedule: The A-Team meetings have been rescheduled and will now conflict with CAC meeting schedule. Jeff suggested moving CAC meetings to the second Wednesday. He will toss that out to all members and let everybody know what the response is.


Adjournment: The meeting adjourned at 4:48 pm.


Submitted by:


Marie Caster