KCSD board approves Donahay to fill vacant seat

CHRIS MORELLI/THE EXPRESS Polly Donahay of Monument was an unanimous selection to fill a vacant seat on the Keystone Central school board on Thursday night.



RENOVO — Following its work session on Thursday night, the Keystone Central school board filled a vacant seat at a special meeting.

In a unanimous vote, the board tabbed Polly Donahay of Monument to fill the seat, which was vacated by the resignation of Billie Rupert. Donahay will represent Region III, which is comprised of Beech Creek borough and the townships of Beech Creek, Liberty and Curtin.

Donahay, who has two small children, said that she was thrilled to be selected to be part of the board.

“I was very excited,” Donahay said. “I’ve seen a lot of positive things coming from this administration. I’m excited to be a part of it.”

Thursday’s work session and special meeting was held at Bucktail High School.

Donahay said that she wants to be a part of the decision-making process that will ultimately mold her two children’s education.

“I want to be a part of the decision-making process so that I can assure that kids are getting what they need to have. When I say kids, I don’t only mean mine. I spend so much time at the school … I want to make sure that students are getting everything that they need to succeed in life after school.”

Donahay beat out two other candidates – Corey Watkins and Katelyn Hendershot – who had also applied to fill the vacant seat. Donahay believes she brings a great deal to the board.

“Like I said at the interview, I have a lot of hands-on experience in the school and I have a good relationship with the students and the staff. I have good communication with them. I think I’ll be able to bring that to the decision-making process … what’s best for them and what’s best for the community,” Donahay said.

With a third-grader and a child who isn’t yet school-aged, Donahay said she has a vested interest in the district.

“I’m going to be here for awhile,” Donahay said.

Also at the special meeting, the board approved the agreement with the Association of Clinton County Educators. The three-year contract will save the district $2.65 million over the next three years.

During the work session, the board heard two presentations on Thursday night.

The first was a presentation about the STEM Program. STEM stands for Science-Technology-Engineering-Math. The STEM Program applies to students in kindergarten through fifth grade. The presentation broke down costs at each grade level: Kindergarten ($7,245), first grade ($4,600), second grade ($7,000), third grade ($6,222), fourth grade ($6,290) and fifth grade ($6,290). The total cost for the district will be $37,647.

The second presentation was the final proposal of the general fund budget. As she did at last week’s special finance/property meeting, superintendent Jacquelyn Martin recommended that the board approve the budget next week as written. It includes the following tax increases: Clinton County (2.49 percent), Centre County (1.57 percent) and Potter County (0.91 percent).

The board will hold a voting meeting next week beginning at 6:30 p.m. at Bucktail High School.