FOR IMMEDIATE RELEASE
December 21, 2017
Scranton School Board statement on
$2 million funding boost from Pennsylvania Department of Education
The Scranton School Board is pleased to announce that the Scranton School District will receive $2 million dollars from the Pennsylvania Department of Education’s School District Empowerment Fund by December 31, 2017, to help the financially distressed District fund the 2018 Budget.
The Board thanks Governor Wolf and the Department of Education for acknowledging the arduous situation that the District, and the City of Scranton, faces, and for allocating these funds to assist as the District seeks to improve its financial situation while maintaining the exceptional level of education offered to its over 10,000 students.
The Board understands that these funds are not a bailout, but a gesture of good faith, as the District will work hard in the coming weeks and months to make the necessary immediate and long-term changes that will set it on a sustainable financial path.
The Board and Superintendent Alexis Kirijan are especially grateful to local legislators Senator John Blake and Representative Marty Flynn, who have worked with their colleagues in Harrisburg to advocate for Scranton’s children and taxpayers. On a phone call with the Board and Superintendent Kirijan this afternoon, Senator Blake emphasized the collaborative, bipartisan effort that led to this generous, expedited allocation of funds.
The Scranton School Board looks forward to continuing to work with Superintendent Kirijan, the District administration, and the Scranton Federation of Teachers to correct past errors, mitigate operational issues, and find solutions that address our financial issues without undermining educational opportunities available to Scranton’s students.
Superintendent Dr. Alexis T. Kirijan