KCSD to honor veteran, 91, at tonight’s meeting

Budget discussion also expected



MILL HALL — The Keystone Central School District has a lot on its agenda for tonight’s work session.

Shortly after the start of the work session, a special graduation ceremony will be held for Eugene Bennett, Jr. Bennett, 91, is a veteran who earned his GED but never received his diploma because he was serving the United States’ military.

Bennett was called to serve when he was 17 years old and a senior at Lock Haven High School. He was traveling from Flemington to Harrisburg to enlist when he was sent home. He never returned to school and in 1952, he was called to serve in the Korean War. He served the 622nd Engineering Aviation Maintenance Company and earned Korean Service Desk Medal, the Good Conduct Medal and the United Nations Service Medal.

However, none of those medals could take the place of a diploma.

“Not earning his diploma is something that bothers him to this day,” Jennifer Hagaman, Veterans Service Officer for the Clinton County Department of Veterans Affairs, said in a news release.

That wrong will be righted tonight, and the public is invited to the ceremony, which will take place shortly after 6:30 p.m. in the Central Mountain High School auditorium.

Also on the agenda is a final look at the 2019-20 budget, which sits at $74,363,531. The budget includes the following tax increases: Clinton County (2.49 percent), Centre County (1.57 percent) and Potter County (0.91 percent). At that last work session, KCSD superintendent Jacquelyn Martin said that while the tax hike is not ideal, it is necessary.

The preliminary budget passed, 5-3, at the last voting session, held on May 17 at Bucktail High School.

Also on tonight’s agenda, the board will look to appoint three board members as voting delegates for the 2019 Delegate Assembly, which is slated for Friday, Oct. 18.

The board will also discuss the following agreements:

∫ With the Pennsylvania College of Technology for the 2019-20 school year, which will allow placement of student teachers (nurses) in district schools.

∫ Between KCSD and Gary T. Williams, CPA McCarthy and Company, PC for business privilege auditing services as defined in the contract.

∫ Between KCSD and Capital Area Intermediate Unit (CAIU) for PowerSchool Student Information System software, maintenance, hosting, support and training services at an amount of $44,649 per year, paid by the general fund for the 2019-20, 2020-21 and 2021-22 years.

∫ Between KCSD and E-Collect PA, LLC for business privilege auditing services as written in the contract agreement.