BASD swears in two new board members

District’s five-year financial plan presented

Kristen Bruckner

BELLEFONTE — Two new faces are ready to help shape the future of the Bellefonte Area School District Board of School Directors.

On Tuesday, Dec. 5, two new board members, Jeff Steiner and Kristen Bruckner, were sworn in by Superintendent of Schools Michelle Saylor, along with returning board member Jon Guizar.

Guizar will be serving his first full term and is in his third year on the school board. Steiner and Bruckner have replaced former board members Keith Hamilton and Michael Danneker.

Guizar currently works as a senior level project manager and construction estimator for Nestlerode Contracting Co. For more than 17 years, he has constructed bridges as a superintendent and surveyor throughout the Centre region.

Steiner is executive director for Dads’ Resource Center, a local nonprofit organization. He has served as manager of various nonprofit organizations in Centre County for the past 15 years.

Jeff Steiner

Bruckner is a project manager for Blackboard, a K-12 education software company. She has been with Blackboard for approximately nine years.

During the school board’s reorganization meeting, a few positions were also reappointed. Among those were president (Rodney Musser), temporary president (Director of Fiscal Affairs Ken Bean) and vice president (Robert Lumley-Sapanski).

During the board’s regular meeting, Bean presented the district’s five-year financial plan.

Among the plan’s highlights is the real estate assessed value, which is projected to grow one percent each year.

Each year’s budget is projected to see a shortfall, Bean said.

For the 2018-19 school year, expenses are projected at approximately $52.2 million, with total revenue at approximately $49.4 million. In 2019-20, projected expenses are approximately $53.5 million, with revenue at approximately $51.1 million.

During the 2020-21 school year, expenses are projected to be approximately $54.8 million, with revenue at approximately $52.9 million. For 2021-22, expenses are projected to be approximately $56.3 million, with revenue at approximately $54.6 million.

Rogers Stadium improvements are also a big factor. The improvements will be budgeted at $250,000 for the 2018-19 school year.

An additional $250,000 per year will be budgeted for future building construction. For the 2019-20 and 2021-22 school years, $500,000 will be budgeted.

Another highlight in the five-year plan is CPI tuition, which is projected to slightly increase. According to Bean, tuition may see a decrease if Penns Valley and Bald Eagle area school districts choose to send their ninth-grade students to CPI as well.

In addition, charter school tuition costs will range from approximately $2.3 million to $2.6 million. Bean said this number keeps going up and down.

There are also projected salary increases for district staff per union contracts. There are no new positions planned, Bean added.