The new budget projects total revenues of $220 million, including $122,229,009 from property tax collection, $67,426,745 from the state and $3.9 million from federal sources. The final budget has total expenditures of $220 million.
The Pocono Mountain Education Support Professionals (PMESP) and the Pennsylvania State Education Association (PSEA) continue to negotiate in good faith with the Pocono Mountain school board of directors to prevent the outsourcing of 200 employees in the Pocono Mountain School District Transportation Department to the private, for-profit company First Student.
Jessica Sabol of PSEA feels that through consolidation and streamlining of transportation services, they can find additional savings next year that would avoid raising taxes. “We are continuing the negations and feel optimistic that the board wants to do the right thing and what’s best for the kids and their safety,” said Sabol.
“Pocono Mountain School District continues its good faith bargaining with the support staff association regarding Student Transportation Services,” said Wendy Frable, District spokesperson.