School board conducts monthly meeting

Photo by Amy Cherry – Jeff Lechner of the St. Marys Moose Lodge #146, along with members of the Moose, presented a donation to St. Marys Area High School for the purchase of new bottle filling water fountains. Accepting the donation were Baird Bankovic, a student representative on the school board as well as junior class president and Student Council president, and Tessa Grotzinger, junior class treasurer.
Amy Cherry
Staff Writer

During Monday’s St. Marys Area School District Board of School Directors meeting a variety of board policies, business affairs, student activities, buildings and grounds requests, and personnel items were discussed and approved.
Special Education Department personnel Sara Schreiber and Mollie Anzinger offered a presentation about the status of the district’s special education efforts.
Superintendent Brian Toth presented his monthly superintendent’s report as well during the meeting.
In discussing the school district’s budget with Ginger Williams, business manager, Toth emphasized his frustration in that SMASD is annually underfunded by $7 million.
“Once again we’re getting the short end of the stick,” Toth said.
According to Toth, in 2018 SMASD received funding in the amount of $5,936/per student per year. In comparing that amount, socio-economic peer school districts in Brockway, Tyrone, Bellefonte, and Bald Eagle received $9,438/per student per year.

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