Seneca Valley: More state funding not expected

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Early state education budget figures don’t seem to hold much promise for the Seneca Valley School District receiving much additional state funding.

Lynn Burtner, district business administrator, told board members this week that there was no increase in basic education funding when Gov. Tom Corbett introduced his proposed state budget.

She said there is a proposed 2 percent increase in special education funding. According to Ms. Burtner, it’s based on a new funding model, but they don’t know what the model is yet.

Seneca Valley could be eligible for a $675,000 increase in its Ready to Learn Block Grant, but that money is earmarked for specific programs and can’t be used for general expenses, Ms. Burtner said.

She added that the governor’s proposed budget allows for $19 million in Ready to Learn Block Grants to go to cyber charter schools.

School board member James Welsh said he wasn’t happy with that prospect.

“We are getting the taxpayers to pay for somebody else’s cyber charter schools that are less rigorous than our school,” he said.

The board introduced its preliminary proposed budget last week with a $3.7 million deficit.

Estimated expenditures for the 2014-15 school year are $107,769,762, about $6.2 million higher than the current school year budget.

Laure Cioffi, freelance writer:

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