Bethlehem schools chief to swing budget ax

The budget ax will be coming down hard next week in the Bethlehem Area School District.

Superintendent Joseph Roy announced Monday that the administration will be proposing “deep and far-reaching” personnel and program cuts to try to close a funding gap created by Gov. Tom Corbett’s proposed budget, which reduces statewide education spending by about $1.3 billion.

Roy told the board Curriculum Committee that Corbett’s preliminary budget would shortchange Bethlehem by $5 million, resulting in a total budget deficit of $11 million. Roy said he will present at the March 24 budget hearing plans to cut into that deficit.
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