Charter school

The taxpayers of the Jersey Shore Area School District need to READ the proposed application presented to the board of directors from the coalition for Nippenose Valley Charter School.

The funding that will be required to complete such a request is nothing less than a financial rape of the Jersey Shore Area School District.

The reasons for the closing of the Nippenose Valley Elementary School were:

The significant drop in enrollment, cost of oil vs. gas heat, maintenance of the on-site sewage treatment facility, it is not compliant with the American’s with Disabilities Act ($2 million to date), reduced state subsidy from Harrisburg ($12 mission, same as 5 years ago), security and safety concerns with the location and open classroom setup, and $1.2 million increase in health care costs and $1 million increase in retirements in the past five years.

The taxpayers are already supporting the Sugar Valley Rural Charter in Loganton, to the tune of $1.24 million.

Their Annual Yearly Progress scores on the Pennsylvania State Standardized Assessment exam are failing and have been for years, but, you still pay.

The expense of these Charter Schools will mean reduced curricular and extra-curricular programs for the students of the district.

Also, it will mean an increase in property taxes in the range of 1.5 to 3 mills.

That is a significant raise, especially on top of the flood insurance increase that is coming to this area now.

Establishing a Charter School to educate 100 children is an expensive way to give a child an education when the district already has so many good programs; educationally, socially, and athletically.

There are roughly 2600 students in the district who will have to perhaps sacrifice a play, a sport, music, art, a technology or a subject they like in order for the district to satisfy the demands of this Nippenose Valley Charter School.

I feel that is a lot to ask of any child. Our children deserve better than this and so do all of the taxpayers.

Janice Shireman

Jersey Shore

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