On Tuesday, March 1, Keith D. Yarger began his first day as the new superintendent of the Southern Tioga School District.
Seven days later, on the following Tuesday, March 8, at 11:30 a.m., Pennsylvania Governor Tom Corbett revealed his proposed budget and tax policy agenda for the 2011-2012 fiscal year. Included is a $1 billion cut in Basic Education Subsidy funds for Pennsylvania’s 501 school districts. The Basic Education Subsidy funding cut, coupled with other proposed funding public school funding cuts made by Governor Corbett have forced rural school districts to find ways to balance their budgets to meet the State’s required June 30 deadline.
Yarger said, “It’s a whole new ballgame for all superintendents, even seasoned ones. In talking with other superintendents during the conference I attended last week as well as at an all-day meeting at Northeast Bradford School District in Rome, Pa., I have found out that all superintendents, even those who have held their positions for years, are now facing really tough budget decisions with the loss of so many state-funded school programs.”
Yarger said, “My goal is to continue to move forward, always keeping the children of the Southern Tioga School District in mind every time a decision is made. Next Monday, during the work session, I will be discussing with our board where we are in the budget process and what we are considering.