Board supports charter school funding reform

MUNCY – The Muncy School Board unanimously passed a resolution Monday night in support of reforming the state’s cyber charter school funding formula.

The resolution, recommended by the Pennsylvania School Boards Association, asks legislators to “support any legislation that corrects the tuition and pension overpayments to cyber charter schools.”

The PSBA recommends that the legislature tweak the charter funding formula to reflect the actual costs of a cyber education, rather than using the district’s cost per student to determine funding. The resolution also proposes eliminating the pension “double dip,” wherein districts and the state pay for charter school pension costs.

Muncy schools have paid $692,449 to charter schools since the 2008-09 school year and received nearly $86,000 in partial reimbursements from the state.

The state reimbursements for districts’ cyber school costs ended during the 2011-12 budget year, and have not been restored since.

In other business, the board approved the 2013-14 school year calendar.

School will begin on Thursday, Aug. 22.

“I’ve had several people ask if it was possible in the future to start that following week,” board member Lisa Sleboda said. “I think we’re the only district in the area to have those two days with Little League that pushes up against our start time.”

“The reason we have those two days is to get the kids better acclimated going back into the school year,” said Superintendent Dr. Portia Brandt. “It just seems to be better for the kids we’ll look at it for next year’s calendar.”

The board also approved paying Infocon Corp, of Ebensburg, $1,254 per year for tax collection software.