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Hall, Board Members Meet With Ridgefield PTA

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A lot of questions but no answers on Thursday night at yet another meeting between members of the Millcreek Township School Board, the acting superintendent and parents.

This time, the meeting was held after PTA meeting at Ridgefield Elementary, one of the schools which may have to be closed because of an 8.8 million dollar budget deficit.

At the meeting on Thursday, parents had a chance to ask acting superintendent William Hall questions about the school's future, and how it will impact their kids. Hall stood by what he's been saying in the past weeks, that the same options are still on the table and no decision has been made.

Those options, again, are closing schools, raising taxes and cutting staff an faculty. Hall did say that the possible of a pay freeze, at this time, is not an option.

Back in November, the school board did not take advantage of a one time increase they could enact, if needed, to the Act 1 taxes. Hall said if they had, it may have helped with the situation the district is currently in.

"Had we known back then what we known now, we probably would have done things a little differently, but then I keep saying this is a long process. This is only the first step, so we're going to be talking about these things next year, and probably for the next few years to come."

There is a special finance meeting on Monday, May 6, and a public hearing regarding possible school closings on Wednesday, May 8.

Hall said he hopes for a final decision by the end of the month.

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