School Closings And Delays

First Meeting for New Scranton School Board

SCRANTON -- The financially troubled Scranton School District has a new leadership team.

The new school board was seated Monday night, and the members know they have work to do.

Scranton schools are facing an $18 million budget deficit, a troublesome figure that's even caught the attention of Harrisburg.

Newly elected school director Barb Dixon is the board president.

She spent 30 years as a teacher and administrator for the district.

"I used to teach accounting, so we have to look at this budget, and it's just nice to have people on board who know numbers," said Dixon.

The teachers union fears a combination of layoffs and higher taxes will be necessary to close the $18 million budget gap in the Scranton School District.

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