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Wednesday, February 11, 2009

Potter County Commissioners Plead For Continued Funding Of Education Councils

Education Funding Cut

Funding for nine Community Education Councils in Pennsylvania has been eliminated in Gov. Ed Rendell’s 2009-10 budget proposal. This includes the Potter County Education Council and eight others that deliver adult education and other services.

Representatives and supporters of the Potter County Education Council plan to work with members of the Senate and House of Representatives in an effort to restore funding during the budget process over the next few months. Here's how YOU can help.

Commissioners Appeal To Rendell

This week, Potter County Commissioners Doug Morley, Susan Kefover and Paul Heimel sent the following letter to Gov. Ed Rendell in support of restoring the state funding:

“We are writing in support of continued funding for the Potter County Education Council, following the announcement that funding for the nine Community Education Councils in Pennsylvania has been eliminated in your 2009-10 budget proposal. It is critical in this time of economic strife throughout Northcentral Pennsylvania that the Potter County Education Council be able to continue its mission.

“Potter County continues to feel the impact of the 2002 Adelphia Communications Corp. bankruptcy, which resulted in the loss of upwards of 2,000 jobs in a county with a total population of less than 17,000. Four years later, Time Warner Cable abruptly pulled most of its operations out of Potter County, driving the unemployment rate to nearly 10 percent. Gradually, the county has been recovering from these two critical blows to our economic foundation. However, more recent job losses at employers in and around Potter County have caused the jobless figure to creep back up to 9.0 percent.

“The Potter County Education Council has a proven record of competent management and successful partnering with the private sector and local, regional, state and federal agencies. Its leaders can point to hundreds of success stories in the council’s mission to provide access to post-secondary and higher education opportunities, including programs or classes leading to certification, licensure or college degrees; GED preparation; skill enhancement/workforce development, and customized job training.

“The majority of the Education Council’s clients would otherwise be unable to access these important services, due to Potter County’s significant distance from colleges, training centers and other facilities. Headquartered in Coudersport (Potter County), the Education Council has branch offices in Port Allegany (McKean County) and the community of Galeton, located near the Potter County eastern border, affording opportunities for McKean and Tioga counties to take advantage of the council’s services.

“Our Board of Commissioners believes very strongly that state funds committed to education, job training and professional development provide a significant return on investment, particularly in a rural area where the citizens have no practical alternative. Considering the economic stresses with which the citizens of Potter County have been dealing in recent years, this would be a most unfortunate time to eliminate a Community Education Council that is without question of the best in the Commonwealth. Please reconsider the decision to eliminate funding for the Potter County Education Council.”

13 comments :

Anonymous said...

people, you need to get on board with this, dont let them take this away from us. show harrisburg you care by sending the gov' an email asking him to reconsider this cut!

Little Johnny the Flatlander said...

The gravy train has run out of gravy. This is a community operation and should be funded by the community and/or county, not the state. Why should my tax dollars go out to fund something that is 250 miles away?

Anonymous said...

On board with Harrisburg.This agency was wasted money on duplication of services.Too many on the payroll for a little of nothing.

Anonymous said...

DAMN WIND TURBINES!!!

Stunp Jumper... said...

"Why should my tax dollars go out to fund something that is 250 miles away?"...Good Point!

Could not agree with you more on this one, but ya know what?! Why sould MY tax dollars ($2 on each new truck tire) be sent to YOUR city for your public transportation? The city the transportation is being offered in should pay for it not tax payers in Potter County...we do not have public transportation and I do not use yours!

Anonymous said...

did someone take something away from the ed council? what goes around certainly does come around. i wonder who the big H will lay off from her hand picked brood of cronies? maybe herself!

Anonymous said...

uhhm, i pay taxes that fund a war that's 1000's of miles away and you dont hear me complain; thats the nature of the beast!

its easy to say the gravy train is out of gravy. if you are 250 miles from here you probably have access to 4 or 5 colleges within a 50 mile radius. we are not quite so lucky. in potter county we seldom see any gravy and have been content to lick the ladle for far too long.

but go ahead and let petty personal issues cloud your judgment. when we lose the Ed council whats next? if you give something up without a fight they will continue to take from you until you start to fight.

dont let them turn potter into a rest stop along the way to "better" places!

Little Johnny the Flatlander said...

"dont let them turn potter into a rest stop along the way to "better" places!"

What do you think it is right now? Obviously you haven't taking a step out of your trailer recently and looked around. Just make sure the bars stay open so my friends and I can come up to hunt, ride ATVs, and snowmobile.

Stump Jumper... said...

"What do you think it is right now? Obviously you haven't taking a step out of your trailer recently and looked around. Just make sure the bars stay open so my friends and I can come up to hunt, ride ATVs, and snowmobile"...

You are kidding, right?

Why do you continue to bash the people of Potter County?

Why do you think everyone lives in a trailer? I do not recall seeing that many trailers around here, Oh ya, I forgot about the ones on all the back roads "flats" have made into their "home away from home", sorry bout that!

You sir need to grow up and fast!!
And I am not talking about years, got that?!

Anonymous said...

I am willing to bet Potter will be just fine without the Ed.Council.

Anonymous said...

It is obvious from the posts on this blog that Potter County doesn't need any educational services.

Anonymous said...

educational services? that's right Dougie and company. keep the money flowing to your favorite family members and friends. YOU may need some special treatment in finding a job in a couple of years. i bet helene has a good one already picked out for you. that is what she does best. pretty good for a newbie trying to change our county in to something "she" wants. found a job for her husband at the dark skys - hell, she appears to be morley and company's mouthpiece. give us a break here!

Anonymous said...

I LOVE WINDMILLS!