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How Does Corbett's Plan Affect Spring-Ford?

Investigations on the budget work for education in Harrisburg.

The following excepts come from Evan Brandt of The Pottstown Mercury:

Corbett budget leaves poor schools with less, rich with more

Looking at the total funding received from the state, the analysis shows that, like last year’s budget, poorer districts in the Pottstown tri-county area would receive less money than they did the year before under Corbett’s plan, while wealthier districts would see an increase.

The analysis, which was provided to The Mercury by state Rep. Tom Quigley, R-146th Dist., shows that five area districts — Pottstown, Pottsgrove, Boyertown, Daniel Boone and Upper Perkiomen — will receive less than the year before under Corbett’s budget.

Receiving an increase under the funding proposal are Spring-Ford, Owen J. Roberts, Phoenixville and Perkiomen Valley.

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State reimbursement cuts could undermine area school projects

Hidden in the fine print of Gov. Tom Corbett´s proposed 2012-13 budget is a funding freeze for Pennsylvania´s program to reimburse school districts for construction projects...

...Donna Wilson is business manager for the Western Montgomery Career and Technology Center, which educates students from the Pottsgrove, Upper Perkiomen and Spring-Ford Area school districts.

She said the $40 million project now winding down on the facility there was undertaken with the belief that the state would reimburse 20.48 percent of the cost.

If that is not true, it will become a financial issue for all three sending districts, which share costs based on a formula that combines average daily membership at the school and assessed property value.

Tim Anspach, business manager for Spring-Ford, said his district does not have any active construction projects and said he does not believe that projects as far along as the Western Center will fail to receive state aid.

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