Wyoming Valley West officials urge residents to speak in ‘unified voice’ to legislators about budget
With recent fears that school districts across the state will be forced to close in mid-May due to the state’s budget stalemate, school board members at Wyoming Area announced during a board work session meeting Tuesday that an informational meeting for district residents will be held Wednesday. The public meeting will be held 7 p.m. in the cafeteria of the Secondary Center. State Sen. John Yudichak, D-Plymouth Township, will be at the meeting, and state Rep Aaron Kaufer, R-Kingston, may also be in attendance, pending his schedule. The session will include what could — and likely would — happen to districts if a budget fails to pass by May, along with new progress that’s been made and contact information for all state lawmakers. “The consequences are quite severe, if we do not get our funding in order,” said board President Elizabeth Gober-Mangan.
YATESVILLE — Because of the state’s budget impasse, the Pittston Area School District will not be able to continue day-to-day operations, financially, to finish the school year. District Business Manager Albert Melone said the school will be out of money at the end of April in front of a standing-room-only crowd at the monthly school board meeting Tuesday. “We’ve been hollering wolf for a long time to get bailed out,” he said in front of approximately 150 people at the meeting held in the high school library. “None of us thought it would go this far.” Pittston Area Superintendent Kevin Booth ordered the district to have an Act 80 half day on March 11 to discuss the situation with all teachers within the district. Both Melone and Booth reiterated the situation is not because a misappropriation of funds, but because they are simply running out of money that should have been provided by the state.
- the current budget impasse
- the basics of education funding
- the school funding lawsuit
- the 2016-2017 proposed budget
House Majority Leader Rep. Dave Reed, (717) 705-7173
Senate President Pro Tempore Sen. Joe Scarnati, (717) 787-7084
Senate Majority Leader Sen. Jake Corman, (717) 787-1377