Allentown School District receives $10m from state

July 13, 2018 by  

The Allentown School District will receive $10m to balance the budget and avoid cutting jobs and educational programs in 2018-2019, after superintendent Thomas Parker asked for assistance from state senators and representatives this year.

This money was part of a $3.27bn package signed by Gov. Tom Wolfe for 2018-2019. The $10m comes with no strings attached, and the school district does not have to pay the state back.

Other school districts in the state have received similar funding. Browne, who is head of the Senate Finance Committee, says that they are confident of Allentown’s School District’s leadership, which is why they were given the funding.

The superintendent Thomas Parker says the district was awarded the money because it was honest about its financial issues. He asked for assistance to deal with the large deficit early.

Local legislators came through because they have a commitment to education, and local senators and representatives played a key role in securing the funding.

This funding allowed The Allentown School District to submit a balanced budget on June 30. With the new budget, Allentown will receive a 3.8% increase over last year with $110.5, for its basic education formula. The special education budget will receive $11.1 million, an increase of 2.4%.

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