In Pittston Area, Budget Woes and a Fired Teacher

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YATESVILLE -- Tension ran high at the Pittston Area school board work session and meeting Tuesday night.

The district business manager, Al Melone, presented details of the 2016/2017 budget, which he calls the worst and most serious he's ever seen.

The $47 million budget plan has a proposed 3.3 percent tax hike approved by the board. A property owner with a home assessed at $100,000 would pay $48 more a year for a total of about $1,498.00 per year.

Melone told board members and taxpayers he believes state lawmakers are "getting out of the education business."

"They're not gonna give us any money, guys. There is gonna be no money. Secondly, something I've never seen there is a bill on the governor's desk to furlough teachers for economic reasons. And when there is no money, I don't know what's gonna happen,” he said.

Board members also voted to fire a teacher, something they say they cannot remember ever doing before.

Earlier this year, a teacher was suspended. District officials won't release specific details about why or reveal the employee's name.

The County district attorney says no charges have been filed against a teacher in this district.


  • GrammarIsImportant

    A simple scare tactic, done to blame politicians for his poor financial management of the school. The state is not going to stop paying for education, not anytime soon. And he couldn’t have mischaracterized the furlough bill more if he tried. That bill would give schools the choice of letting go teachers based on the quality of their work, not whether they are the newest teachers.

  • jim

    What no money for reading, writing and arithmetic? Relied on those hand outs and lived be on your means. Money for pensions, Cadillac benefits, sports, athletic fields, maybe you should have banked some. Thats teaching the kids, now the tax payers with 401k’s and contributors to their benefits will have to bail the board out.

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