Clairton schools to restore all-day kindergarten

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The amended state budget will allow the Clairton City School District to restore its all-day kindergarten program, board members said Wednesday.

However, recent increases in state education funding for the district are not high enough to cover the salaries of 16 employees who will be furloughed in June.

School board President Richard Livingston said that increased funding for the district in the amended state budget will enable the district to keep two kindergarten teachers who were to be furloughed next month.

Employees to be furloughed still include one English teacher, one half-time music teacher, three and one half-time long-term substitutes, seven classroom aides, two day-time reading tutors, one middle school counselor and one in-school suspension monitor.

The state budget proposed by Gov. Tom Corbett had reduced the district's state education funding for the 2011-2012 school year by $1,344,000. On Tuesday night, the state House of Representatives passed a state budget that restored a net $210,000 million dollars to K-grade 12 statewide.

Mr. Livingston said that State Rep. Rick Saccone, R-Elizabeth Township, told him the Clairton City School District is guaranteed to get back an additional $525,000 in the revised state budget.

The $525,000 was included in the proposed $12.9 million school district budget for 2011-2012 that Clairton school directors passed by a unanimous vote Wednesday night.

However, the state Senate still must consider and pass the budget, and may make a number of changes to it.

Anne Cloonan, freelance writer: .


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