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How Will Pottsgrove Use Extra $1.17 Million?

LOWER POTTSGROVE PA – What will the Pottsgrove School District do with a more than $1 million budget surplus, about 35 percent of which resulted from what its administration describes as “stronger than anticipated revenues?”

Giving some or all of it back to taxpayers in the form of a rebate has been discussed by the district Board of School Directors in the past, and may be again. So too has the notion of saving it for future use, particularly given the state government’s continuing budget upheaval and the possibility legislators may be unable or unwilling to meet funding commitments they made to Pottsgrove this year.

Determining how to use the extra cash, specifically $1,173,000 or 1.8 percent of last year’s district budget, is on the agenda for the board’s meeting tonight (Tuesday, Oct. 24, 2017) at 7:30 p.m. in the large group instruction room of Pottsgrove High School on Kauffman Road. It is most easily reached from the building’s cafeteria entrance, where parking also is available.

The meeting is free to attend and open to the public. The agenda is available for review or download from the district website, here.

Also Tuesday, the administration expects to present overall highlights of data it has assembled and reviewed from results of the most recent Pennsylvania System of School Assessment (PSSA) report; Keystone, Advanced Placement, and SAT exams, and its own Measures of Academic Progress (MAP) information.

The results have been examined in detail by the board’s Curriculum, Technology, and Student Affairs Committee, as well as by teachers and other district staffers. Their conclusions about the strengths of, and academic problems still facing, Pottsgrove students across all grade levels will be part of the discussion. An advanced look at the content is available for download here.

The board meeting may also offer a bonus to adults age 55 and older. If the board approves a recommended policy revision, it will expand the audience allowed to obtain district Maroon-And-White Cards that provide free access to many sporting and other events. The policy currently limits availability of the cards to those age 65 and older.

Related (to the Pottsgrove Board of School Directors’ Oct. 24 meeting):

  • How Will Pottsgrove Use Extra $1.17 Million?

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