Central Dauphin resident questions school board’s moves

Some residents feel the Central Dauphin School Board has contributed to the district's $8 million deficit with a number of questionable decisions.

The district unveiled its preliminary budget Tuesday night, which calls for a small tax increase and 50 staff cuts.

Eric Epstein served as business manager for Central Dauphin's school bus drivers as they fought the district's efforts to outsource the work. He sees the costs involved there as making up a big chunk of the district's $8 million budget hole.

Epstein said he filed dozens of right-to-know requests to find out what the battle cost the district.

“What we found out is that at the end of the day, the district spent about $300,000 in legal fees and an additional $455,000 to lease back the buses they sold to Durham after they found out the sale and the outsourcing was illegal,” Epstein said.

Epstein is also a Central Dauphin taxpayer. He said the district has also wasted money by stripping Superintendent Luis Gonzalez of his regular duties even though he had a year left on his contract.

The state Auditor General is investigating that move to see if it was worth it and if the district provided as much information as possible to taxpayers about the change.

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