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South Butler School District challenging $60,000 subsidy reduction

May 10, 2018 News Extra

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The South Butler School District could see a $60,000 reduction in their state subsidy for scheduling fewer than 180 days of school for students before June 15.

The South Butler School District could see a $60,000 reduction in their state subsidy for scheduling fewer than 180 days of school for students before June 15.

District superintendent David Foley said the department did not count two Act 80 days held before teachers went on strike on March 15. Act 80 days normally count as instruction days although students have the day off.

Foley said the district plans to fight the fine.

The district also changed the calendar to give students and staff the day off on May 25 heading into the Memorial Day weekend and making the last day of school June 15.

Foley said commencement will be held on June 15, which is traditionally on the last day of school. Had the board chosen the other alternative of attending school on May 25, the last day of school would have been June 14 with commencement the next day.

Students will have early dismissal on June 14 and 15.

Teachers union President Ian Babb said the teachers agree with the new calendar.

A full story will appear in the Butler Eagle.

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Paula Grubbs

Paula Grubbs

Paula Grubbs is a Butler County native who has been with the Butler and Cranberry Eagle newspapers since June 2000. Grubbs has covered the Mars School District and Middlesex Township for over 20 years with the Eagle and her former employer, the Cranberry Journal. She also covers Adams Township, Evans City and Mars in addition to events and incidents throughout Southwestern Butler County as assigned. Grubbs has taken the lead at the Cranberry Eagle in reporting on shale gas development, which has been a hotly debated topic in the recent past, both locally and nationally. A 1979 graduate of Butler Senior High School and a 1994 graduate of Geneva College, Grubbs has won a Golden Quill and four Keystone state awards, plus an award from the Society of Professional Journalists. Grubbs enjoys following the Penguins, Pirates and Steelers, volunteers with the Connoquenessing Creek Cleanup each summer, and loves spending time outdoors and bird watching at her Penn Township home. Grubbs is the daughter of James R. Davis Sr., of Center Township, and the late Maxine Davis. She has two grown children, Jacqueline and Thomas.