Map of Pennsylvania highlighting Schuylkill County (Photo credit: Wikipedia)
MINERSVILLE, PA – Superintendent M. Joseph Brady responded Monday night to a June 18 article that ran in The Republican-Herald and the Scranton Times-Tribune that a proposed Senate Democratic Caucus plan may declare Minersville Area as a distressed school district.
“Minersville Area School District has never been distressed in all of the time I’m here and I assure you, it’s not distressed now,” Brady said Monday. “We are financially sound and solid.”
The article states the Senate Democratic minority is proposing to provide special state aid to distressed school districts for a second year in a row in the next budget for six districts in Northeastern Pennsylvania, including Minersville Area in Schuylkill County.
According to a quote by Senate Appropriations Chairman Jake Corman, R-34, Bellefonte, senators are looking at how much aid would be provided, how to define which of the 500 school districts are considered distressed and the aid distribution formula.
Minersville Borough, Schuylkill County, has had 9 fires since April 24, 2010. The latest fires occurred one week ago. The arsonist struck once, the fire was extinguished. Two hours later, another home was set on fire a block away.
Residents are deeply concerned and even fearful. They are being encouraged to keep lights on and their eyes open. A crimewatch is hopefully being started and police are stepping up overnight patrols. A reward is being offered for information leading to an arrest.
Anyone with information is asked to call Crimestoppers, toll-free, at 1-877-TIPS4SC. Individuals with information can also contact Minersville police directly at 570-544-6212. All information received will remain confidential.