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Community Speaks Out About Proposed School District Merger

POTTSVILLE — Parents and residents got a chance to speak out at a meeting Monday night about the possible merger of two school districts in Schuylkill Cou...

POTTSVILLE -- Parents and residents got a chance to speak out at a meeting Monday night about the possible merger of two school districts in Schuylkill County.

Pottsville Area and Saint Clair are considering three options. The first is to keep things as is. A second option is to merge districts. A third possibility is that Pottsville would take over educating students, but Saint Clair could keep its own school board.

Many folks are worried about what it means financially.

"I'm a Pottsville resident and we have to look at one thing. Either increase revenue or decrease expenditures to get our budget in line," said Brian Manning of Pottsville.

According to a study on the possible merger, taxes could change and each district would have to take on the other's expenses.