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MILL HALL – The Keystone Central school board meeting ended in record time Thursday night.
In a quick 12-minute meeting, the board approved, by a unanimous 7-0 vote, the proposed budget for the 2021-2022 school year. The KCSD budget is $ 82.987 million.
The 7-0 roll-call vote proceeded without board chairman Tracy Smith and board member Eric Probert, who were absent from the meeting.
The Keystone Central School District covers parts of three counties – Central, Clinton and Potter. The real estate mileage offered in each of them remains the same as this school year – Clinton County (13.35 mills), Center County (44.44 mills) and Potter County (46.24 mills). As proposed, district income and net profit tax will remain at one percent.
If passed, the 2021-22 budget will mark the second year in a row there has been no property tax increase in the neighborhood. The 2020-2021 budget did not provide for a tax increase either.
The final adoption of the budget will take place at the next council voting meeting, which is scheduled for Thursday, June 17. The June meetings were postponed for a week due to graduation ceremonies at Bucktail High School and Central Mountain High School.
In other business Thursday evening:
– The board approved the hiring of two new coaches at Central Mountain High School.
Jeffrey Bodwell has been hired as the new head girls basketball coach. Depending on the neighborhood, Bodwell has a “Extensive experience in coaching and teaching.” Bodwell’s resume includes soccer, basketball, and soccer. He comes to CMHS via Loveland High School in Ohio, where he was an assistant college football coach and college basketball head coach.
Bodwell replaces longtime women’s basketball coach Scott Baker, who resigned during the offseason.
In a press release, Bodwell said: “I am very excited to be the next girls basketball coach at Central Mountain High School and can’t wait to get started. I hope to capitalize on the foundation laid by the hard work and efforts of our returning student-athletes. Our goal is to further develop all members of our women’s basketball program as leaders, students, athletes and role models in our community. I look forward to building a culture that emphasizes the relationship between student-athletes and their community. I am both honored and honored to join the Wildcat family. “
The other recruit is Jamie Rauch as the new head girls’ volleyball coach. Rauch has several years of experience as a volleyball coach, including travel club teams. She coached the Central Mountain high school and junior teams. She replaces Scott Garman, who resigned at the end of last season.
In a press release, Rauch said: “I am delighted to work with this group of young girls. It’s exciting to enter the season with our young talents eager to learn and grow as we move forward under the guidance of our upcoming junior and senior classes. We hope to see the program grow and establish a strong tradition of volleyball at Central Mountain.
– In a public comment, a parent spoke out against the bullying at one of the district’s elementary schools. He said his child is “scared” and “Don’t want to go to school” due to the intense bullying at school. He said he contacted the school principal, to no avail.
School board vice president Randy Strouse suggested a “heart to Heart” between parents and school administrators, including Superintendent Jacquelyn Martin. The parent said he would try this route next.
The distribution of free meals continues next week. Seven days of group breakfasts and lunches will be available for all children aged 1-18 in the KCSD community on Monday, May 17 from 4:45 p.m. to 6 p.m. at the main entrance of Robb Elementary and at the entrance from the Central Mountain High School Bus Loop in Parking Lot B and 5-6 p.m. at the main entrance to Bucktail High School.
The Keystone Central School Board will meet for a working session at 6:30 p.m. on Thursday, June 10. This meeting is closed to the public, but will be available through Zoom on the district website.