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What Kind of Funding Increases Could Seneca Valley See Under Corbett's Budget Proposal?

The governor's spending plan is expected to provide school districts with close to $10 million in taxpayer assistance.

Gov. Tom Corbett’s proposed 2013-14 budget is expected to provide Pennsylvania school districts with more than $9.83 billion in taxpayer assistance.

For the Seneca Valley School District, this translates to a $992,000 increase for the 2013-14 school year, according to the Pennsylvania Department of Education.

Net pension savings Seneca Valley are proposed at $553,284.

In comparison, the North Allegheny School District is projected to receive a nearly $1.5-million increase while North Hills would receive a $760,503 increase.

In January, Seneca Valley released a proposed preliminary budget with a $2.8 million shortfall, but officials warn the numbers could change quite few times before the district is required to adopt a final budget in June.

Until the governor's budget is finalized, district business manager Lynn Burtner said Corbett's proposed funding amount would not be reflected in Seneca Valley's budget shows.

 Below is a more detailed breakdown of the state funding numbers.

Seneca Valley School District 2012-13 2013-14 (proposed) Basic Education Funding $12,983,433 $13,260,813 School Employees' Social Security $1,703,078 $1,750,027 Pupil Transportation $3,017,238 $2,803,434 Non-Public & Charter School Pupil Transportation $406,121 $365,360 Special Education Funding $3,297,718 $3,281,229 School Employees' Retirement $2,631,861 $3,320,206 Total $24,039,449 $25,031,449

To see a breakdown in state funding for Seneca Valley and other districts, click here.

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Jeff Smith February 13, 2013 at 12:57 PM
Gov. Corbett has the challenge to rein in pensions reform which is the #1 problem at all schools. This is the number one issue that impact schools this year and future years and of course increases our real estate taxes accordingly. At the same time, we need a better way to negiogate with teacher unions. While I know it was the state legislature that gave the pension gift to teachers, state workers and of course a bigger pension for themselves. None the less, mandates in dealing with teacher contracts need to change. Maybe have the state set recomended increase standards that districts can refer to. Rather than 500 different negioations, the state can provide one guideline that schools can refer to in dealing with contracts. But today the real problem are the pensions and Gov Corbett and the state legislature needs to solve this issue soon.
Olivia Benson February 14, 2013 at 12:37 AM
Well, I see special ed and transportation took the hits...I know money is tight, but the kids have to have a way to school...
Walt February 14, 2013 at 08:42 PM
So $700,000 increase in school employee retirement expenses, 26%. And we wonder why public education funding isn't sustainable.

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