SCCTC lays out $4M+ prelim budget

BY PAT FARNELLI

The Susquehanna County Career and Technology Center will be able to sail through the 2013-14 school year without a deficit, Superintendent William Bush said Wednesday night.

Two budgets, one at $4,769,200 with $1 million contributed from nursing tuition and another at $4,152,474 were discussed with Bush acknowledging after the meeting that the final version would likely be somewhere in between.

(The Elk Lake budget and the SCCTC final budget will be addressed at a school board meeting June 20.)
The new SCCTC budget will include increases in the licensed practical nursing program ($651,000), building rental ($137,000), and faculty/staff salaries ($157,000).

Last year’s SCCTC budget totaled $3,603,999.35.

Bush said that although this will be the hardest budget yet, he was pleasantly surprised to see that there will either be no shortfall, or only a modest one of about $20,000, which can be handled through a transfer from a reserve account.

“We are still waiting on several grants and other revenue, which will determine the final budget, which we will vote on June 20,” he said.

The net cost of the SCCTC could be either $2,903,800 or $3,287,074.

There are 448 students enrolled, with tuition per student estimated at $6,481.70 or $$7,337.22.
The Elk Lake district is projected to enroll a total of 183 students, leaving 265 from other schools.
At the start of the meeting, LPN Coordinator Sherrie Bazin gave a presentation on the new nursing programs, especially the Licensed Practical Nurse program.

“By state regulation, I can teach 30 percent, and only 30 percent, of the instruction,” Bazin said.
Luzerne County Community College will be teaching courses in sociology, psychology, nutrition and human growth, which she said will be a win-win for students, who will receive 21 transferrable college credits for these necessary courses if they pass college entrance exams.

Also, LCCC is providing a medical library for the students’ use, which would otherwise cost $100,000 in book purchases to meet requirements.

Bazin said that some reference books will be purchased for the SCCTC’s nursing library, but only about $10,000 will be needed thanks to the availability of LCCC’s.

She said that four or five clinical sites will be utilized, including Golden Living in Tunkhannock, Barnes Kasson Hospital in Susquehanna, Meadow View in Montrose, Lourdes (pending state approval), and Endless Mountains Health Center in Montrose on both the hospital and long-term care sides.

In addition to her teaching hours, Bazin is responsible for administration of the program and establishment of an LPN to RN bridge program.

The LPN program is 1,765 hours, divided between classroom time, clinical time and work in the skills lab. The cost per student is $12,500 and includes a laptop computer, texts, a Littman stethoscope, two sets of uniforms, and a clinical student kit.

An overview packet was provided to the school board.

Financial aid is available with submission of a FAFSA form, and can include scholarships from local organizations such as TREHAB as well as nursing organizations.

Bazin said that many of the LPN students are young mothers who need to build credit, and the student loan program is a good way to do that.

State approval was granted for 40 students per class for a 12-month program.

Bazin said that she will be supervising other supervisors as well as the skills lab when she is not teaching, and noted, “I will come in at night and on Saturdays to review for exams or help them train with their plastic people, and I will be doing this until the day I am finished here, which will probably be when I’m 94, because I’m a workaholic.”

In other business, the professional interview committee was approved with a list of faculty and administrators. Student activity accounts were approved. A Future Business Leaders of America reimbursement was approved for the group’s trip to Hershey this spring.

A memory book contribution for $2,005 was approved, as was a $35,000 Re-educating Adults Grant from the Susquehanna County Housing and Redevelopment Authority.

Some 51 percent of those benefiting from the program must be low income students according to Community Development Block Grant guidelines.

Two vehicles were advertised for bid, a van and a used pickup.

Sherwood Chevrolet submitted the only bid for the seven passenger van, at $25,262. They did not submit a bid for the used pick-up, but offered one for a new pick-up.

The board agreed to table this and to look for more bids. Board member Chuck Place suggested including the cab-plus option for the truck in the bid description.

A technology policy was approved, and three others revised.

Harold Bender was appointed as board treasurer. Bonds were approved for $50,000.