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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.

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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