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School budget cuts in Johnstown could eliminate future kindergarten programs

June 07, 2019 08:30 PM

Johnstown School District says they desperately need their school budget to pass later this month. The budget crisis in Johnstown isn't something new to the school district. The district says after the proposed $38.5 million budget failed to pass on May 21, 2019, they've been faced with more cuts. They've had a deficit of millions of dollars for multiple years in a row.

Administrators say they have already made cuts to parts of their art, music, PE, and foreign language programs. Over the course of the last two years Johnstown has eliminated over 30 positions, 19 in this school year alone. Additionally, they say the loss of staff throughout the district has led to larger class sizes and students being unable to chose any of their electives

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Included in the proposed budget is a school tax increase to the state cap of close to 15 percent.

Residents are expected to vote on the budget on June 18, 2019.

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Brooke Selby

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