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Budget Committee to PASD: Get Those Charter Students Back

If the district wants to improve its financial outlook, it would be wise to target local students who are enrolled in charter schools, a citizen committee advised.

The Phoenixville Area School District should redouble its efforts to get charter students back into the district schools, The Mercury is reporting a 15 member community group recommended late last month.

According to the PASD Community Budget Advisory Committee, 365 students who reside in the district attend charter schools, which costs the district over $4.5 million each year.

The committee, in their December 18 presentation, suggested the district launch new marketing efforts to attract these students and their families, including a possible return of full day kindergarten.

Just a few new students would make a big difference, the committee argued. If one percent of area students that attend charter schools enrolled in PASD, the district would save $51,600.

The committee, according to the paper, made the following additional budgetary recommendations:

  • Reduce funding to CAT Pickering by $300,000 per year.
  • Don’t raise the Phoenixville Public Library budget in years when the school budgets are decreased.
  • Create a position within the district for a grant writer.
  • Rent facilities to the community.

The committee said that, in the most optimistic scenario, there suggestions could save the district almost $2.5 million dollars and bring in $670,000 in additional revenue.

Wendy January 04, 2013 at 01:27 PM
DEMOCRACY...
Art Nilson January 04, 2013 at 03:29 PM
Either this story is poorly written, or the proposal by by the community group is poorly written. Bringing students back from charter schools will also cost money. Full day kindergarden will cost money. More teachers will be needed to teach those more students, even "new marketing efforts to attract these students" will cost money. What would be the cost to education if PASD reduces funding to CAT Pickering? Would the pasd students who go there have to come back to pasd schools, and require more teachers and more class room space?
harry finster January 04, 2013 at 04:32 PM
in the real world when you have a poorly managed entity it dies ,as nature intended,you dont save it so it can go on failing
jk January 04, 2013 at 06:28 PM
How much money did they spend on that stupid football field? More wasted money.
Peg Cuthbert January 04, 2013 at 08:32 PM
The money to Renaissance from our taxes (80%), educates the student. Phoenixville keeps (20%) for "bussing". You are looking in the wrong place. Lovely new school you have though!
Paul G. Celentano January 04, 2013 at 11:13 PM
Interesting... That's over $12,000 per student per year: "According to the PASD Community Budget Advisory Committee, 365 students who reside in the district attend charter schools, which costs the district over $4.5 million each year."
JK January 05, 2013 at 01:41 PM
The budget committee is a group of concerned citizens trying to help PASD improve. They donate their time and knowledge and should be praised for their actions. If you don't like their recommendations then you are free to get involved. For the record, I don't agree with them and these are the same items that were suggested by the first budget committee.
Rick Bullotta January 09, 2013 at 01:21 AM
Absolutely insane that the "committee" (must be comprised of the epically clueless) would recommend a cut in funding to CAT Pickering at a time when we have a desperate shortage of skilled tradespeople. These people are either living in a vacuum, don't have a clue what's going on in the "real world", or are selfish individuals willing to sacrifice the town, state, and country's future to save a minuscule amount on their tax bills. Who chooses these people?
Joe Smith January 11, 2013 at 05:40 PM
Ppeople send their children to charters because the government school system is a failure to society. If all 365 students went back to the government school, they would have to build a new school. I think the people who run the government school can not do math and have no common sense.
Joe Smith January 11, 2013 at 05:42 PM
We need more charters. Eventually the government schools will be all shut down anyway because of vouchers, which eventually will come our way. Goodby to the Phoenixville Area Extortion Association!!!!!! hahahhahahah
Joe Smith January 11, 2013 at 05:44 PM
Right on Peg. The government schools have no moral values and eventually will close do to lack of interest.
Josh Gould January 12, 2013 at 12:37 AM
Charter schools are "Government" (Public) schools, funded by taxpayer funds.
harry finster January 12, 2013 at 01:58 AM
i think if people were honest the school system would recieve a big "F"
Joe Smith January 13, 2013 at 09:11 PM
Josh, they are private schools funded by the government. The government schools have nothing to do with charters.

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