May 11, 2011 Meeting Minutes

State College Area School District
CAC for Finance
May 11, 2011
4:00 p.m., Board Room
131 West Nittany Avenue
State College, PA 16801


Jeff Ammerman
Rich Bartnik
Randy Brown
Anne Clymer
Marisa Flynn
Tim Hurley  (absent)
Ann McGlaughlin  (absent)
Jim Myers  (absent)
Paul Olivett
Susan Sampsell (absent)
Lana Walker  (absent)


Approval of Minutes: Due to a lack of quorum, approval of the April 13, 2011 meeting minutes was deferred to the next meeting.

2010-11 Budget Update: Jeff provided updated information affecting the 2011-12 budget. He reported the possibility that approximately $1.4 million of state funding could be restored, including Social Security, Accountability Block Grant funding for Kindergarten, and restoring the Basic Education Funding to the 2008-09 level. It will be June at the earliest before we know the outcome. 

With the budget reductions and attritional savings, there will still be a $2.1 million gap. A 1.4% tax increase will mean a gap of $1.8 million. Next year, if the PSERS exception goes away, there is no way to raise enough revenue with 1% Index. If there are no exceptions, we are in a worse situation next year than this year. 

Randy reported on the student forum held May 5. There were 13 students at the forum. Randy tried to keep them focused on the same issues the district had been wrestling with. They had time to think about things over the weekend and the student leader indicated there was an additional activity fee structure they want to discuss. Randy and Craig Butler were scheduled to meet the next day for further discussion. One suggestion from the students was to double the parking pass fee. 

Jeff indicated they will try to adopt proposed final budget on May 23, which will probably be very different from the final budget adopted June 30.

PDE approval for furlough of professionals needs 30 days. If we can show significant declining enrollment, we can curtail programs without prior approval. School Code might be changed to approve furloughs for economic reasons.

Jeff reported there are three labor agreements being negotiated.

There will be a special budget meeting May 18 at 7:00 p.m. At that meeting, there will be a discussion about fees, the State budget, and will have to nail down the tax increase percentage. 

Rich reported the superintendent selection process is moving forward.  The board would be meeting that evening to discuss. They will then probably spend more time in the final candidates’ home towns and districts checking references.

Adjournment: The meeting adjourned at 5:19 pm.

Submitted by:

Marie Caster