The Punxsutawney Spirit

Brookville school budget up for public review

- By Justin Felgar Of The Spirit

BROOKVILLE — The Brookville school board voted to adopt the proposed 2022-2023 school year budget on Monday night. The district will now advertise the proposed budget to the public, before adopting the final budget at the June 20 voting meeting.

The proposed budget was adopted without a tax increase, and the numbers are as follows: general fund budget in the amount of $31,292,988; capital reserve fund budget in the amount of $2,589,980; and the food service fund budget in the amount of $1,124, 952.

Board member Herb McConnel made the motion to approve the proposed 2022-2023 budget, and voiced his opposition to the occupation­al assessment tax. Board member Amanda Mignogna seconded the motion. The school board held a roll vote. Luc Doolittle, Don Gill, Fred Park, Matthew Park, Erin Schiafone and Amanda Mignogna voted yes, and Herb McConnell, Jacob Shields and Chris Rhoades voted no. The resolution passed 6-3.

In other business, superinten­dent Dr. Erich May recognized outgoing senior Daniel Lauer for his service as the student representa­tive to the board.

May read the following: “Dear Daniel, on behalf of the entire board, I want to thank you for serving as the 2021-22 student

board representa­tive to the Brookville Area School Board. Your monthly reports provided a valuable perspectiv­e to the school directors, so they might better understand the experience­s and activities of our students. Additional­ly, your involvemen­t enabled you to understand the key role the board plays within our district, and to experience the structure, function, and etiquette of formal governing bodies. This was a mutually beneficial­ly partnershi­p, and we appreciate your time and service. We congratula­te you on your upcoming graduation, and we wish you success as your move forward into the next phase of your life. The education you received from BASD provides a solid foundation on which to build in college. Given your instincts and initiative, we expect great things from you.”

May praised Lauer informally as well.

“Danny is a great kid, and we were lucky to have him on the board. He’s a busy kid, so he has missed a couple meetings, but always for a good reason. A standout athlete, scholar and gentleman, he really represents what we are trying to achieve here at Brookville,” he said.

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