• Why did this happen?

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    Burgettstown receives 55% of our budgeted money from the Commonwealth of Pennsylvania.  The money is appropriated through the annual budget adopted by the Legislature and approved by the Governor.  This usually happens in July.  It has not be adopted or approved yet, so there is no money being sent to the schools.  Without the state money, we had to rely on local taxes and a tax anticipation loan to remain open through December 31st.  The Board of School Directors decided to not borrow any more money and pay more interest on the loan.  As a result, we cannot pay our bills and have to close the District until the Commonwealth's budget is approved.

    Here is an article from the Observer-Reporter about the situation: http://www.observer-reporter.com/#.Vm8nlYbIWL0.email

     

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  • When will the shut-down start?

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    The District will close on January 1, 2016.  The schools will not re-open after the winter vacation.

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  • When will the shut-down end?

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    The District will remain closed until the 2015-16 Pennsylvania budget is approved and signed by the Governor.

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  • Will the buildings be open for community use?

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    No.  The Buildings will be closed during the shut-down with the exception of the Pre-K and Head Start Programs run by Community Action Southwest, who lease space from the District.

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  • What does this mean for private school bus transportation?

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    Busses will not be running during the shut-down.  Students who use Burgettstown busses to private or parochial schools will be required to find alternative transportation to their school.

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  • If I go to Cyber School, can I continue during the shut-down?

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    Yes.  Burgettstown's own cyber students will not be monitored during the shut-down, but the students can continue to work.

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  • During the shut-down, can I enroll my child in a cyber school?

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    Yes, regretfully, that is an option parents would have.

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  • Will this affect Graduation for Seniors?

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    That depends on how long the District has to shut-down.  A prolonged closing will affect Graduation.

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  • What should we do during the shut-down to remember the academic work accomplished so far?

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    This is a good question, because it shows the students interested and willing to stay on top of their academics despite the shut-down.  We recommend students take home their notes and texts during the winter break, so the materials will be there for use during the shut down.  Look over your recent notes.  Look over your texts.  Re-read occasionally.  Read ahead, if possible.  Investigate lessons on Kahn Academy.

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  • Will the Keystones and AP Tests be delayed?

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    No.  The tests will remain on schedule despite our shut-down.  Students would not take the Winter Keystones in January if we were closed.

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  • Will there be sports and other activities during the shut-down?

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    No.  All District functions will be canceled, including sports and activities.

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  • Will anyone be paid during the shut-down?

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    No.  Our Director of Facilities is not employed by the School District., so he will remain on the job  We contract with Aramark for building maintenance services, and his salary is included. 

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