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Saturday, February 13, 2010

Most Funding Restored For Potter County Education Council

Potter County Education Council received word this week that the bulk of its state funding for the 2009-10 fiscal year has been restored. Last month, Gov. Ed Rendell eliminated funding for the state’s Community Education Councils, including almost $300,000 for the Potter County organization. Negotiations between the governor and the legislature in early February led to a restoration of about 90 percent of that allotment.

Executive Director Helene Nawrocki expressed relief, pointing out that the Education Council had operated for more than seven months of the fiscal year without final confirmation of the state funding. Had the plug been permanently pulled, the agency’s cash reserve would have been exhausted and its survival very much in doubt.

Nawrocki also pointed out that the governor’s 2010-2011 budget, unveiled on Tuesday, eliminates funding for the education councils effective July 1, 2010. Some members of the legislature will be lobbying for the state grants to be restored as they debate a final version of that spending plan.

The Potter County Board of Commissioners sent a letter of support for the Potter County Education Council to state officials last week. To see it, click on “read more.”


AJ said...

Wonderful to hear, The Ed Council does a wonderful job, as I know from experience.Keep up the good work.

Anonymous said...

Bravo..been so concerned about this. Very good news.

Anonymous said...

Who pays for this "funding"? I like the clases I get in Bradford, OBI, DuBois and Mansfield. At least I received a "degree" for my money, time and effort. If people want to know how to plant gardens, operate their computers, sew, can foods, take pictures and learn about their own county - this can be done without your tax dollars being involved. I just bet there are numerous adults with years of experience that would teach these things for nothing!

Unknown said...

"Who pays for this "funding"?"

The WORKING peoples tax dollars. The same tax dollars that pays some guy to hide behind a tree to study animals having sex in the wild. Ain't fair, but our tax dollars don't always go where we want them to.