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CASD finishes year with a surplus
Tuesday, November 20, 2012
By Jeff Corcino Staff Writer
The Clearfield Area School District finished the 2011-12 fiscal year with a $327,032 surplus reported district Business Administrator Sam Maney at last night's school board meeting.
This is more than a $2 million higher than expected for the district had anticipated a $1,725,944 deficit when it completed its budget at the beginning of the fiscal year, Maney said.
Much of the difference was due to higher than expected state revenues and higher than expected local tax revenue, Maney said.
State revenues were higher than expected because the district has to complete its budget several months before the state does and the district's subsidy ended up being higher than the governor's proposed budget, which the district based its estimates on, Maney said.
Local real estate taxes were also about $1 million higher than anticipated due largely to higher than expected tax collection rates. Maney said they had anticipated a tax collection rate of 88 percent but it came in about 92 percent.
The district was also able to save approximately $192,000 in supply costs by going to a new system where supplies are distributed to classrooms through a central distribution department and have teachers fill out a requisition for supplies rather than giving each teacher order forms to purchase supplies.
There were some areas in the budget where expenses were higher than anticipated such as expenses associated with special needs students. Maney said these expenses are hard to anticipate from year to year.
Tom Mohney, director of special education said costs were higher last year due to several students with special needs moving into the district.
With this year's surplus the district now has a fund balance of $7,073,828; which includes $4,723,174 that has been set aside to pay for debt service and higher retirement fund costs, Maney said.

In other business:
• the board discussed what should be done with the unanticipated fund balance at the Clearfield County Career and Technology Center.
The CCCTC has a fund balance of approximately $230,000 that it has accumulated over several decades and it CCCTC board has to decide whether the funds should be returned to the sending school districts or stay with the CCCTC or a combination of the two, Superintendent Dr. Thomas Otto said.
Maney said he prefers that the funds be returned to the district and if the CCCTC would need extra funds, they could always come back to the districts and ask for it.
Several board members agreed with him including Larry Putt, Jennifer Wallace and Dr. Michael Spencer.
• the board approved the following personnel changes.
Appointments, Yvonne Barrett, Melody Bell, Janie Evans, Beth Irwin, Sandra Williams, and Bonnie Winters substitute cafeteria workers, clerical and assistants; Amy Gormon, part-time special education classroom assistant at Clearfield Elementary; Van Johnson, substitute elementary counselor; Robert Mikesell, middle school substitute detention counselor; Barbara Mumford, substitute assistant; Gail O'Donnell, part-time special education PCA at the high school; Jennifer Poleti, Operation Total Fitness instructor; Lisa Smith, substitute custodian and cafeteria worker; Angela Thompson, substitute assistant; Stephanie Wall, middle school special education teacher; Karen Ward, middle school extended day and Saturday school substitute; Ed Yeager, volunteer baseball coach; Joseph Davis, volunteer boys basketball coach; Kim Davis substitute clerical; Melissa Ann Smeal, Brenda Karwowski, Debra Hockenberry and Daniel Kent, school bus drivers for Fullington School Bus; Jackie Tobias, mentor for Stephanie Wall; Chris Taylor, volunteer swim coach; Marjann Clark, substitute special education assistant; Curtis Price, Susan Stewart, Drew Stodart and Theresa Wood, substitute technician assistants; Gloria Barrett, substitute assistant; Jackilyn Tarner, substitute classroom assistant.
Collapse a full-time PCA position at CES and create a part-time special education assistant at the middle school emotional support classroom.
The Family Medical Leave Act leave of absence for Gilbert Baez from Nov. 28 for up to 12 weeks.
Additional periods, Leann Schaeffer for the life skills class from Nov. 20 through the second nine week period; Steve Switala for instruction in the life skills class; Robert Mikesell for the life skills class and Bryan Lytle for the life skills class.
• the district approved the proposal from Hess & Fisher Engineers to perform geotechnical drilling, engineering and soil borings for the proposed new addition at CES at a cost of $20,385.
• approve the proposal from J.W. Taylor and Son LLC to replace the roofing over the boiler room at the Central Office building at a cost of $3,300. Otto said the roof shingles are falling off the roof.
• approve the request by 4M Wrestling Club to use an unused wrestling mat the district is storing at the high school.
In exchange district students can attend practices at 4M's facility in the Snow Shoe Ambulance Building free of charge throughout the 2012-13 school year. This would allow district wrestlers more opportunity to practice during the construction project at the high school.
• approve the field trip request by the high school guidance office to take students to the DuBois Business College on Dec. 11; the Ski Club to take three trips to Holiday Valley in Ellicottville tentatively on Jan. 19 and 26 and Feb. 9 at no cost to the district, and the request by the 10th grade class to visit the CCCTC on Dec. 12, to learn about its programs.
• During the public comment period Gail Ralson questioned whether the library at CES would have enough books to meet state standards if the school were to be expanded to accommodate all K-6 classrooms.
She said to meet minimum state standards of 20 books per student, the district would have to increase the size of the library at the school by 39 percent, to meet the 25 books per student standard it would have increase it by 51 percent and to meet the exemplary standard of 30 books per student it would have to increase its size by 59 percent.
When asked about this after the meeting Otto said the library currently has about 20 percent of its bookshelves empty and said the school is planning on constructing more and believes the school would have enough books to meet state standards once the project is completed.
Absent from the meeting were President Dave Glass and Tim Morgan.

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