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Crawford Central School Board Passes Preliminary Budget

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 After months of review, the Crawford Central School Board has approved a preliminary budget for the upcoming school year.  It was approved in a 7-2 vote.

Although it's balanced now, Superintendent Charlie Heller says there could be problems down the road.

"We've tried to avoid some very difficult decisions that are going to cause a lot of problems," said Heller.  "They're also going to compromise education."

The administration was hoping to pass a preliminary budget with a 1.27-mill tax increase, which would raise $550,000 for the district.  But board members voted that down.

Instead, they agreed on the balanced budget with no tax increase.   According to Crawford Central School Board President Jan Van Tuil,  with the rising costs of pensions, the district could be faced with a deficit by next year.

"We worked hard two to three years ago when we cut a lot of teaching positions, a lot of administration positions, and a lot of support staff positions," said Van Tuil.  "So really, we are cut as low as we can be cut."

So the district is now hoping for some help from our legislators in Harrisburg.

"They need to address the pension, they need to address cyber-charter funding," said Heller.  "Those things would help every school in the commonwealth balance their budget."

The board is expected to make a final vote on June 23.

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