Pa. board signs off on 100 cuts

Friday, March 28, 2014

A split Allentown School Board signed off tonight on plans to eliminate 100 positions, including 74 teachers, despite objections from district employees and members of the public.

"I don't see how you can let a single teacher go," said city resident Ken Heffentrager. "The school district is atrocious. It's a laughingstock when it comes to the dropout rate."

The job cuts are expected to save $5 million at a time when the district faces a $10.6 million deficit assuming a 3.2 percent tax increase or a $13.2 million deficit without a tax hike.

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