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Tech center approves budget, raises tuition for nursing program

February 17, 2018 GMT

Somerset County Technology Center officials hope that the facility’s eight participating school districts will approve a budget increase for the 2018-19 school year.

During a meeting Thursday, joint operating committee members proposed a secondary education budget of $5,059,427 and an adult education budget of $1,587,005.37.

Fiscal manager Sherry Shaw said the secondary education budget is a 3.15 percent increase from last year. The adult education budget is the same.

“That’s our medical benefits and retirement increase,” Shaw said of the increase. “We didn’t raise anything else.”

The budget includes a $439,727.50 debt service payment for a renovation in 2004.

The proposed budgets have been released to the eight participating school districts for further review and approval. The school districts are Meyersdale, North Star, Shade-Central City, Berlin Brothersvalley, Rockwood, Shanksville-Stonycreek, Somerset and Turkeyfoot Valley.

“The budget will go out for inspection for 30 days, and then we do a final approval,” Shaw said.

Principal Matthew Danel said the center is projecting having 446 high school students for the 2018-19 school year, but that number could go up.

“We are getting more applicants every day,” he said.

Joint committee members also approved a $250 tuition increase for the center’s nursing program, bringing the total to $13,750. Adult Education Supervisor Heidi Petrosky said the increase is the first since 2008.

“There has not been a tuition increase in 10 years,” she said.

Petrosky said the Greater Altoona Career & Technology Center charged $15,875 and the Greater Johnstown Career & Technology Center charged $15,225 last year for their respective nursing programs.

“The increase keeps us well within what other schools are charging,” she said.