Honesty doesn't seem to be the best policy when present a school budget in PA, according to the CHESTER COUNTY PRESS. In an effort to honestly portray where they thought the budget might end up, Unionville school board members submitted numbers to the state fairly close to where they thought the 2010-2011 school budget might end up.
The board then applied for exemptions to the Act 1 state limits-about $1.3 million for extra state-mandated exemptions to the Pennsylvania School Employees Retirement System (PSERS) and special education.
Evidently state policy favors districts that wildly inflate their budget needs before presenting them to the Education Department if they are looking for clearance to spend above their Act 1 limits and do not have the budget to put up for a referendum.
Unless the district gets an appeal heard and accepted by the state, it means the maximum hike for Chester County residents is a little over 3 percent over last year-but it almost surely means a cut in education staffing.
Rather than cutting staff, one wonders if there are other ways to improve efficiency. email@example.com