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Pottsgrove Board Braces For Budget News

POTTSTOWN PA – With a budget stalemate between the Pennsylvania Legislature and Gov. Tom Wolf still dragging on, and with only a nominal amount of state funding being passed so far to local school districts, the most difficult task Pottsgrove School District Business Administrator David Nester may face tonight (Tuesday, Jan. 12, 2016) is being cheery.

A budget presentation is on the board’s agenda tonight when it meets at 7:30 p.m. in West Pottsgrove Elementary School on Grosstown Road. The meeting is free to attend and open to the public. A copy of the agenda is available for download from the district website, here.

It often falls to Nester to explain what’s happening with, and suggest how the Board of School Directors might handle, the district’s current spending plan as well as the one coming due for the 2016-2017 academic year. Problems at the state level have inserted an abundance of uncertainty in the process, not only for Nester but all those in jobs like his.

Wolf signed an order during December that freed up what was described as “emergency funding” for 2015-2016 school budgets, but experts say it amounts to only a trickle of the state support anticipated by schools for the current year. Worse yet, with all the political wrangling going on in Harrisburg it seems no one there is thinking yet about a future budget.

Some districts in the region have been forced to borrow money to pay existing bills while the capital in-fighting continues. Pottsgrove has not needed such help yet, but it may in weeks or months ahead if the state fiscal crisis isn’t resolved soon.

Also tonight, the board is scheduled to:

  • Take action on its efforts to raise bond sale capital to pay for continuing renovations to Pottsgrove High School;
  • Pay more than $300,000 to contractors for high school work already completed;
  • Authorize a settlement for property assessments and tax payments on the building at 2148 E. High St., Sanatoga, that formerly housed the Tri-County Chrysler Dodge Jeep RAM auto dealership; and
  • Hear about and approve high school course proposals for next year.

Related (to the Pottsgrove Board of School Directors’ Jan. 12 meeting):

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