152 NBC Drive
Loysburg, PA 16659
Phone 814-766-2221, Option 2
Mr. Wayne E. Sherlock, Principal
CYBER COSTS SKYROCKET; LOCAL IMPACT
A Philadelphia charter school filed suit in Commonwealth Court challenging the way the Pennsylvania Department of Education (PDE) calculates the tuition school districts pay when a student enrolls in a charter. The state's 1997 charter school law states that the formula should rely on a district's total budgeted spending -- less certain expenses -- to determine the rate, while the department had been using a district’s actual spending.
The charter school won the case in court now requiring the Northern Bedford School District to pay $11,138 for each regular education student and $21,155 for each special education student to cyber charter schools. For the 16-17 school year, NBC was required to pay $9,396 to cyber schools for regular education students and $16,869 for a special education student. NBCSD has 17 regular education students and 4 special education students enrolled in cyber schools. This lawsuit along with the perceived lack of desire in Harrisburg to address the inequalities of cyber funding will result in NBC paying $273,966 to cyber schools located in Philadelphia, Harrisburg, etc. This equates to 4-5 teaching positions, accounts for almost the entire athletic budget for the district, accounts for almost the entire music department budget, or would pay for one half of the entire food service costs at NBC.
If you are shocked at the cost to NBC, it requires you to voice your concerns over the inequitable funding to your representatives. While NBC continually focuses on saving money where possible, the cyber charter schools are overflowing with your public tax dollars.
The rhetorical question: Are you going to sit back and hope someone else speaks to our elected officials or are you going to be the one?
http://www.reptopper.com/Contact.aspx Representative Topper
http://www.senatorlangerholc.com/contact/ Senator Langerholc
https://senatoreichelberger.com/contact/ Senate Education Committee Chairman
http://www.senatordinniman.com/contact-us/contact-senator-dinniman Senate Minority Chair
http://www.legis.state.pa.us/cfdocs/legis/home/member_information/house_bio.cfm?id=1013 House Education Committee Chairman
The grade 7 Career Education and Work (CEW) Skills term 1 class chose to help the victims of Hurricane Harvey for their Make A Difference (MAD) project. They raised $750 by selling candy and donated all proceeds to the Houston Food Bank.
Click on title above to see more pictures. “Northern Bedford Co. Middle School was selected as one of only two schools to participate in the first Penn State Altoona Girls in Science, Technology, Engineering, and Math (STEM) and the Arts program on Friday, 11/3/17. This pilot program focuses on exposing junior high girls who are exceptional in math and science to the world of opportunities available to them in the Technology and Engineering industries of the STEM fields. Girls participating in this program will experience real-world applications of computer science, data analytics, and engineering, will get hands-on with puzzles and experiments performed with faculty members, and will tour the campus engineering labs. They will also start a project proposal process that will carry them through to the spring and summer events, where they will start designing/creating their own STEM-related projects.”