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January 24, 2014

FULL TEXT: Dr. Mark DiRocco's presentation regarding new high school

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Misconception: LASD cut budgets and staff to transfer money to the capital reserve fund for the purpose of funding the new debt.

Fact: The capital reserve fund pays for capital expenses in the school district. The recent security upgrades to the buildings, replacement of the Middle School electrical system, roof replacements, etc. are funded from this account.  These things are paid for with ‘one time’ monies because they are ‘one time’ expenses.  However, teachers, supplies, etc. are recurring costs and must be funded by recurring revenue. Most of the monies that are placed in this account are from one time revenues, such as higher than expected delinquent tax collections.  We did not cut staff or programs to transfer money to reserve accounts.

Misconception: The current site and facility are adequate for the education of children in our community because the teacher is what is important, not the facility.

Fact: While we agree that a highly qualified, effective teacher is the single most important factor in a quality education, the facilities are also important.  In October of 2008, the Middles States Accreditation Team reviewed our high school.  Their report states, It has been observed that the school is fully occupied at the present time.  This limits the ability of administration to expand quality programs.  The infusion of technology, while valuable and needed, has further pressed the ability of the regular classroom teacher to utilize flexibility of instruction.  Currently, all athletic programs are conducted at various sites away from the high school.  This places additional demands on transportation and supervision.  Reliance on Bucknell for a football stadium, although a desirable site, often leaves Lewisburg seeking additional sites.  Serious consideration and plans must be made to provide an appropriate facility to meet the needs of expanding programs and meet the needs of students within the next decade.”

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