Map of Berks County, Pennsylvania, United States Public School Districts (Photo credit: Wikipedia)
The Daniel Boone School Board didn’t waste time in deciding Monday to shutter Amity Primary Center, but spent more than an hour discussing other budget-related moves with little progress.
Several residents expressed frustration about the slow-moving budget discussion, noting that the same cuts have been on the table since December.
“It just seems like we don’t make decisions,” resident Rich Martino said. ”We push it off meeting after meeting and now we’re up against a deadline and I don’t know if we’re going to make the right decision.”
The board will vote on a tentative $52.45 million budget next week.
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POTTSTOWN — Few objections were raised Thursday night when the official redistricting plan for elementary school attendance was unveiled, but the one that was focused on the safety of students crossing High Street.
“I think rather than throwing our children under the bus, we should put them on a bus and come up with a better transportation plan,” said North Hills Boulevard resident Madison Morton.
The only speaker on the subject of redistricting at Thursday night’s public meeting, Morton has a child that currently attends Edgewood Elementary and he is unhappy about the possibility that his daughter’s trip to Rupert Elementary may involve crossing High Street.
Currently, High Street is considered by PennDOT to be a hazardous road similar to Route 100 and, as a result, the district must bus students across it.
A day of reckoning is swiftly approaching for the Harrisburg City School District. The top-heavy district is getting a reality check because of a $15 million budget deficit and the inability to get grants to fill budget holes.
Items on the chopping block are two neighborhood schools (proposed for closure), 120-150 teachers, 22 percent staff and more administrators. Other items up for elimination are the district’s vocational and technical programs and programs for disruptive and truant students.
Director Wayne Henry was quoted as saying the district would have to start living within its means. Director Esther Edwards said the closures were horrible but if we don’t have the money to operate, we’re going to have to do it.
The Harrisburg School District is synonymous with the City of Harrisburg. There are 17 schools and 8,306 students. The district spends $13,182 per pupil. There are 11 students for every full-time equivalent teacher. The dropout rate is 6 percent. 21 percent of students have and IEP and 8 percent are ELL. Data from education.com based on 2008 data.
According to Wikipedia, in 2011 Harrisburg SD ranked 494th out of 498 school districts in Pennsylvania for academic achievement. Harrisburg High School’s 2010 graduation rate was 79 percent and the school is in year 7 of corrective action for chronically low student achievement. In 2009 a Pennsylvania Dept of Education study revealed that 67 percent of Harrisburg High School graduates needed costly remediation in math and reading before they were prepared to take college courses.