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“Fair Funding?” Yet another delay

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What’s one more week after all its only for the children. The legislature has been working for a year to develop a “Fair Funding” formula that will better distribute school property tax revenues between the 499 school districts within our fine State. Currently there’s a cost spread for instructing each student ranging from $25,746 in the Bryn Athyn school district, of Montgomery County to $10,628 in Greater Nanticoke area School district, of Luzerne County.

Wow!!! A difference of $15,118 per child. Yeah, you could say there’s a funding disparity! How does our district compare? Well, for 2013-2014 it cost EPSD $14,299 to instruct a student.

There’s been another group running around the state trying to influence the legislators to see how they would like to see the money flow, they call themselves “the Circuit Riders”  better called the Circuit Raiders as they are made up of  former EPSD Superintendent Seidenberger and other cohorts of his ilk.

Remember Seidenberger was in charge of the EPSD administration that ordered the burial of hazardous asbestos waste on their own Wescosville Elementary School property. Makes one wonder how fair this group will actually be when it comes to the children’s well-being.

Unfortunately the major expense associated school districts is the same thing that killed many private companies like GM and Bethlehem Steel; legacy costs or pension obligations.

In East Penn School District that amounts to 65% of the $141,000,000.00 budget proposed for next year a whopping almost $92million goes to teachers/union members salaries, benefits and pensions . That leaves 35% for all the rest like overhead costs for the buildings; heat, electric, maintenance, diving boards,  subtract another 5% policy mandated budgetary reserve which the administration says it can’t do this year even though there’s an additional $6-7 million cash left in the fund balance slush fund and that does not let much left for important children’s needs like; field trips, books, computers etc… and this is exactly the area the Superintendent cut.

Please come to the next school board meeting and thank the Superintendent for saving the taxpayers money by cutting children’s safety and programs.

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