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Keystone Holds the Line on Taxes; Foust Resigns as Girls’ Hoops Coach

Thursday, June 21, 2018 @ 12:06 AM

Posted by Chris Rossetti

Barry-Foust-Keystone-BurdickKNOX, Pa. (EYT) – The Keystone School Board on Monday passed a budget with no tax increases.

(Photo of Barry Foust, who resigned as the girls’ basketball coach at Keystone this week. Photo by Paul Burdick. Check out more of Burdick’s work here)

According to Business Manager Vern Lauffer, it is the fifth straight year the district has been able to stay the line on taxes.

The Real Estate Tax Millage Rate is 51.587, the Occupation Tax Millage Rate is 300, the Per Capita Flat Rate is $10, the Earn Income Tax Rate is 0.5 percent and the Real Estate Transfer Reality Rate is 0.5 percent.

Both expenditures and revenue are $16,322,471.00, which both increased over last year’s budget according to Lauffer.



The resignation of Barry Foust as the girls’ varsity basketball coach was accepted at the meeting.

Foust was the coach of the Lady Panthers the last six seasons guiding Keystone to a 93-54 (.633) record in that time with five winning seasons. His 2016 squad won the District 9 Class 1A championship and advanced to the second round of the PIAA playoffs.

That 2016 team was one of four PIAA playoff teams at Keystone under Foust. The 2013 team also qualified for the PIAA Class 1A playoffs as the third-place team out of District 9, the 2014 team was the District 9 Class 1A runner-up, and the 2018 team was the third-place team in Class 2A.

Foust’s best record at the school actually came in a year when the Lady Panthers lost in the District 9 quarterfinals in 2015 when Keystone finished 19-4. The 2016 teams (19-8) also won 19 games, while the 2014 (18-9) squad won 18 games.

In 2018, Keystone was 13-12 but went 13-6 after a 0-6 start.

Foust’s resignation came on the heels of the May resignation of his assistant coach and head Junior Varsity coach and Jr. High Girls’ Basketball Team A Coach, Paul Flickner.

A search for a new girls’ basketball coach was authorized by the school board.


In other business the board:

  • Approved a new Advanced Placement (A.P) Environmental Science Class for the 2018-19 High School Program of Studies and the purchasing of 12 A.P. Environmental Science textbooks from INGRAM at a total cost of $1,798.50.
  • Purchased 30 Spanish textbooks from Houghton Mifflin Harcourt at a cost of $3,352.63.
  • Approved the following school physical plan items to be purchased from the Capital Reserve fund: a handicap accessible entrance ramp for the Main Gym Lobby from Heeter Enterprises at a cost of $10,106.35, a main entryway camera/unlocking system from Mobilcom at a cost of $3,522.89, garage drain repairs from Heeter Enterprises at a cost of $4,600.00 and an elementary security camera system cabling from Cable Communication, Inc., at a cost of $8,400.00.
  • Hired Thomas Crumlich as a Tech Education Teacher in the junior/senior high school. Crumlich takes over the former Industrial Arts position. The new position will still have a component of Industrial Arts to hit but will take that program to the next step by incorporating STEM classroom concepts.
  • Approved the retirement of Larry Curran as a full-time custodian and authorized the advertising of the position.
  • Hired Stacey Flannigan as a full-time custodian effective June 19, 2018.
  • Accepted the resignation of Nicole Taydus as assistant softball coach and approved the posting and advertising for an assistant softball coach.
  • Hired Hunter Sliker as a boys’ varsity assistant soccer coach, Sarah Kahle as the junior high cheerleading coach, and Tyler Beal as the Summer Weight Room Coordinator. Beal replaces former football coach Dan Reed, whose resignation as the Summer Weight Room Coordinator was also accepted at the meeting. All highers are pending proper completion of personnel file documentation and clearances.
  • Established a varsity cheerleading coach position at a stipend of $1,000 and authorized the posting and advertising of the position.
  • Approved a number of field trips for the 2018-19 school year.

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