The North Penn School Board later this month will formally vote to apply for another million dollar Keystone to Opportunities grant. The idea behind the federal program is to promote student literacy at all levels. This is a competitive five year grant only available in six states that the district must qualify for annually. The money is used at the high school level to help students struggling with reading while children in pre-school are introduced to the district kindergarten experience through a virtual classroom. District officials say reading assessment data for the first year of the program looks promising so far.
Three state lawmakers were in the hot seat Thursday night as the North Penn School District held a community forum about the challenges it faces putting together a budget for the next school year. State Representatives Matt Bradford, Todd Stephens and and Kate Harper were on hand as administrators laid out in detail the impact property tax assessment appeals, slow growth in earned income tax revenues and other baggage from the recession has had on finances. The escalating cost of funding the state pension system was also a hot topic. The district streamed the community forum live on its web site and viewers at home were able to submit questions for the three state lawmakers.