PHILIPSBURG – The Philipsburg-Osceola Area Board of School Directors approved the tentative budget for 2007-08 at its meeting Tuesday.
The budget, in the amount of $24,820,176, includes the cafeteria realignments which have been put back into the budget due to strong community sentiment regarding the issue. Several people in the audience thanked the board for that action.
This budget will tentatively increase the tax rate by 5.19 mills in Centre County and 12.49 mills in Clearfield County, bringing the total mills to 44.49 and 104.972, respectively.
For example, a property assessed at $50,000 in Centre County would pay an increase of $259.50 in annual property tax and a similarly assessed property in Clearfield County would experience an increase of $624.50. Superintendent Charles Young cited the difference between the rates per county being based upon the assessment dates, 1980 approximately for Clearfield County and the more recent 1990s for Centre County as well as property values that are significantly greater in Centre County than in Clearfield County.
President Robert Selfridge stated that the district is in an unfortunate position and there is no easy way to do this. He said he is disappointed that this will hit the tax payers pretty hard.
It is anticipated that the budget will be brought up for final approval next month.
The board presented information regarding a plan adopted by the board providing an option for installment payment of real estate taxes on approved homestead and farmstead property. There are options for full payment with possible discount, or installment options of three equal payments. For further information, contact your local tax collector.
Other motions approved by the board included a motion to create a manufacturing (wood shop) class as an elective for the P-O Junior High School and a motion to approve the proposal of the Child Development and Family Council of Centre County, Inc. to operate the Kicks for
Kids Child Care Program at North Lincoln Hill Elementary School.
Motions regarding classroom closures, one grade one and one grade six at Philipsburg Elementary School and one multi-disability class at P-O Junior High with the subsequent displacement of professional staff members as well as motions for new positions for one grade two at Osceola Mills Elementary, one grade two and one Life Skills class at Philipsburg Elementary were also approved.
Robert Heath nominated Thad Ritter as the board treasurer for the year term effective July 1 through June 30, 2008, which was approved by the board.
Members Gene Wardo and Rob Morrow were absent from Tuesday’s meeting.
Of note to students enrolling in summer school classes at Clearfield Area School District, Philipsburg-Osceola School district is now
offering summer school classes from June 25 through July 27.
Classes are $120 per student per class. Classes will be cyber-based so that if the student has a summer job and cannot attend the regular class, he or she may still participate online to complete the course. Contact your guidance counselor if you are interested in enrollment. Registration closes June 15.