Pa. schools shuttered

A woman walks by the Shamokin Area Middle/High School.

COAL TOWNSHIP — A $2.1 million budget deficit has caused Shamokin Area School Board to raise taxes, furlough teachers and non-instructional personnel, cut programs and close the Annex building that houses kindergarten and first-grade students.

During Tuesday’s livestreamed school board meeting, directors unanimously approved a 2020-2021 tentative budget in the amount of $31.5 million that includes a tax increase of 1.33 mills, which is the maximum allowed under the Act 1 index of 4%. The new millage rate will be 34.54.

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It sounds like they need to keep their budget in mind when approving teacher contracts and positions, just like the rest of us that are paying for this.

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