Struggling Sto-Rox School District Faces Bleak Choices

When Michael Panza became superintendent of the Sto-Rox School District this year, he quickly discovered the district was in the midst of an all-out financial trauma and his job would be to help the board perform triage to keep it alive.

One wound was the loss of about $1.2 million in state funding this year, caused largely by the end of federal stimulus funds, and another was the district’s special education costs beyond the state reimbursement.

But the wound that appeared to be bleeding most profusely was the flow of money for charter school tuition, which has increased from $48,587 in 2001-02 to a projected $2.7 million this year, about 11 percent of the 2011-12 budget.

Click here to read the full article by Mary Niederberger published in the Pittsburgh Post-Gazette (May 13, 2012).

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