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Pleasant Valley school board adopts resolution opposing sequestration

Published December 21. 2012 05:04PM

Pleasant Valley School District board president Tom Murphy read aloud a Resolution by the Board of School Directors of the Pleasant Valley School District in Opposition to Sequestration, that was adopted by the board, at the last school board meeting.

It opposes the Budget Control Act of 2011 that includes a provision to impose $1.2 trillion in across-the-board budget cuts to almost all federal programs including education that would become effective January 2, 2013 which would impact school districts during the 2013-14 school year, with the exception of the Impact Aid program, with which a reduction would become effective this school year; and these across-the-board budget cuts, also known as sequestration, would impact

education by a reduction in funds of 8.2 percent or more and could result in larger class size, fewer course offerings, possible four-day school weeks, loss of extracurricular activities, and teacher and staff layoffs. It also states that "sequestration would impact almost every public school system in the nation and the

millions of students educated through programs such as Title I grants for disadvantaged students, the Individuals With Disabilities Education Act (IDEA), English Language Acquisition, Career and Technical Education, 21st Century Community Learning Centers, and more; and Pleasant Valley School District, as well as other public schools, would be impacted nationwide by an estimated $2.7 billion loss from just three programs alone Title I grants, IDEA special education state grants and Head Start that serve a combined 30.7 million children. It further states that "federal funding for K-12 programs was already reduced by more than $835 million

in Fiscal Year 2011, and state and local funding for education continues to be impacted by budget cuts and lower local property tax revenues; states and local governments have very limited capacity to absorb further budget cuts from sequestration as Pleasant Valley School District has already implemented cuts commensurate to state and local budget conditions."

The Pleasant Valley School District "urges Congress and the Administration to amend the Budget Control Act to mitigate the drastic cuts to education that would affect our students and communities, and to protect education as an investment critical to economic stability and American competitiveness."

A copy of the resolution is posted on the school district's website, was submitted to all local newspaper and television stations, sent to all of the elected senators and representatives that serve the Pleasant Valley School District in the General Assembly, and to the Governor of Pennsylvania.

The district's Denim Days raised $1,206 for the American Cancer Society.

The board approved, 8-0:

*hiring Geralyn Fehrle as a substitute monitor and Sandra Reilly as a substitute paraprofessional associate

*retirement of Barbara Borger, PVI full-time cafeteria worker, effective Jan. 4, 2013

*the Elected Tax Collector Compensation Resolution for period 2014-2015 through 2017-2018

*to advertise the 2013-2014 preliminary budget for approval at the Jan. 24, 2013 meeting

*the Senior Citizens Property Tax Rebate Resolution of 2012 where the maximum household income is $18,500 and the maximum rebate amount is $500

Pleasant Valley Intermediate School principal, Todd VanNortwick remarked that PV schools are very generous in giving toward community service. PVI holds fundraisers throughout the year in order to help needy families in the district.

Joshua Krebs, PVE's principal, added that PVE gathered gifts for 95 students, thanks to the fundraising at the school and the generosity of the staff.

Board member James Spinola remarked how delighted he was to hear month after month about how much the school district gives back to the community.

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