MT. LEBANON (KDKA) – Many in Lebanon are fighting to keep several jobs from being cut.
Staff and parents attended Tuesday night’s school board meeting to voice their opinion that these positions should not be on the chopping block.
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At least six vacant personal care assistant positions are due to be eliminated by the board from next year’s budget so no one will lose their job, but supporters of the positions say they are understaffed and these positions must be filled, not eliminated.
Dozens of teachers, staff and parents wore black during the meeting, showing their support for the district’s personal care assistants.
Several parents of students with learning disabilities spoke out to say how important it is to have a PCA with their child.
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“For them, the PCA helps them navigate a large building, acts as classroom assistants, gives them a sense of security, and gives them access to a truly inclusive education,” Michelle Richie said during the meeting.
In a statement, the district’s communications director said he was confident schools could meet the needs of students without these posts, as they are doing this year.
“Our administration team is confident at this time that the needs of our students will be met with these staff reductions for the next school year, but will seek to further investigate the issue,” the statement said.
Meanwhile, parents claim that the district is not succeeding in this area, but lagging behind.
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Tuesday night’s meeting should present the final proposal for the budget, and the board may change its mind until next month’s vote on the final budget.
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