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Harrisburg School District makes revision to 2021-22 budget, nearly closes deficit

A screenshot from the virtual business meeting on Wednesday.

The Harrisburg School District announced a change to the 2021-22 budget on Wednesday, after additional funding was allocated to the school.

Receiver Janet Samuels approved a revised budget of $184.8 million, closing a deficit and creating a nearly balanced budget. The budget does not raise property taxes.

Just last week, Samuels had approved a budget that used some of its federal Elementary Secondary School Emergency Relief (ESSER) funds to close a $5.6 million budget deficit.

District officials explained that they are receiving an additional $5.4 million in state grant money, from the Level Up PA School Funding program and Basic Education Funding. They also will receive another $356,000 in special education funding from the state.

Therefore, the new budget is nearly in balance without needing to tap the ESSER funds.

For more information, visit the district’s website.

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