Millersburg school board listens to concerns about proposed cuts

MILLERSBURG, Pa. (WHTM) – The Millersburg Area High School auditorium was nearly filled to capacity on Monday night after last week’s announcement of proposed budget cuts.

Many residents said they were blindsided by a plan to cut programs and staff for next year.

Public comment lasted more than three hours, during which many expressed concern. The district says cuts are needed because of lower enrollment, less revenue and increasing expenses including salaries, health insurance, and pensions.

Brad Hatter is a football coach. He says parents and taxpayers should have been given more notice.

“They should have been given more time,” Hatter said. “Now, you are telling people who have given their heart and soul to our children that there are no better options.”

Hatter says the board should have taken a more aggressive look a few years ago at a possible merger with the Halifax School District

The district is considering cutting home economics, child development and reducing music staff and cutting other employees.

After Monday’s meeting, the board decided to table the vote for 30 days.

At that time, board members said if better solutions are not presented, they will vote for the proposed cuts.

 

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