Our neighbor to the north is having a great deal of difficulty balancing their school district budget too!
Bethlehem Area School District, which has 15,000+ students is proposing a $207 million dollar budget which slashes 6 administrators, 35 teaching positions and raises taxes 6.1%. This comes one short year after the district got off the state’s academically troubled list!
Last year the district slashed 45 positions and raised taxes 5.1%. Debt accounts for 30% of their budget! In November the district’s credit rating was downgraded.
Things are tough all over folks!