Wesdock Appointed to Clearfield Area School Board

CLEARFIELD – Four community members attended the Clearfield Board of Directors meeting Monday evening seeking appointment as the replacement for the two year term vacated by Tim Morgan. Seeking appointment by letter and not in attendance was Ralph Lingle.

In attendance were Josh Quigley, Mary Anne Wesdock, Joseph Kane and Rick Schickling. After each in attendance addressed the Board those nominated for the appointment were Lingle, Wesdock and Schickling. Current directors voted and Wesdock was appointed as the newest Director immediately joining the table.

Wesdock is the current Director of the Clearfield County Assessment Office & Tax Claim Bureau.

There will be one more vacancy for the Board of Directors to fill the two year term vacated by outgoint board member John Sobel. Interested applicants should notify the Office of the Superintendent immediately.

Representatives of the accounting office of “ Walter Hopkins & Co.” presented the Directors with their Auditor’s Report. The district was issued an “unqualified opinion”. This is the very best option that could be issued. No discrepancies were noted.

The actual total revenues for the fiscal year ending June 30, 2007 were $31,392,939. Actual total expenditures were $29,219,997. A total of $1,901,932 was transferred to the capital reserve fund. This created a surplus of $271,010 for the year.

Walter Hopkins & Co. reports that the “school is very sound and had a very good year for the fiscal year ending June 30, 2007. The surplus for the fiscal year can be attributed to an increase in state reimbursement monies and a more favorable return on the district’s investments than was anticipated.

In other business news Business Administrator Jason Barnett discussed the appeal by Wal-Mart Supercenter to have their property tax valuation decreased. Wal-Mart disputes the $6.8 million value placed upon their property located on state Route 879. Believing their property should be valued at $4.6 million Wal-Mart is seeking a lowered valuation. If Wal-Mart is granted this revaluation it would cost the District about $40,000 in real estate tax revenue.

In her report to the board Superintendent Denise Keltz announced snow make up days will be held Feb. 15 and Monday April 2.

John Law announced that the “Festival of Arts” that was cancelled Dec. 13 due to weather will be held at the Middle School Tuesday evening. The events will coincide with the scheduled Tuesday night Choir festivities.

The next committee meeting will be held on Jan. 15 with the regular Board of Directors meeting being held on Jan. 22. All meetings commence at 6:30 p.m.

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