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Central Dauphin School Board looking at $3.6 million deficit

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HARRISBURG, Pa. (WHTM) -

On Monday night, the Central Dauphin School Board got an update on its budget for next year. And while they have some work to do, it's actually not looking that bad.

Assistant Superintendent Karen McConnell told the school board there still remains a deficit of $3.6 million.

But School Board President Ford Thompson remains confident about balancing the budget. He said things look better than they did last year at this time.

"Last year we started this process in September or October, we had an $8 million shortfall," Thompson said. "We started this year with a $5 million shortfall and we have it down to $3.6 and we have other things that we can do yet."

Superintendent Dr. Carol Johnson also talked about why the decision was made to cancel school last Wednesday when snow was forecast but didn't materialize.

Dr. Johnson said she's received a lot of calls and emails about it. She said a lot of thought and consideration went into the call, including checking of all forecasts and early morning discussions with other districts.

"In the end, the final decision was made, not necessarily for any other reason, but to protect student and staff safety, but primarily student safety," she said.

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