Burns verifies $119,517 reimbursement for Central Cambria School District
EBENSBURG, Nov. 8 – Following a report by the Pennsylvania auditor general, state Rep. Frank Burns announced that Central Cambria School District will receive $119,517 this year in transportation funding the district is owed by the state Department of Education.
“This back pay from the state ensures that local tax dollars are kept where they’re needed most – directly benefitting our children in the classroom,” Burns said. “I’m happy to make sure that state funding that is rightfully theirs is coming back to Central Cambria.”
Auditor General Eugene DePasquale recently identified more than $8.4 million in incorrect transportation reimbursements to schools statewide. A series of audits identified clerical errors that led to the inaccurate payments. State transportation subsidies help school districts defray the cost of student transportation.
Central Cambria was underpaid $46,017 for the 2012-13 school year and $73,500 for the 2013-14 school year, an audit showed. The Department of Education confirmed that Central Cambria will receive the $119,517 it is owed before this fiscal year ends on June 30, 2019.
“Safe transportation to and from school is a right of all students, but the cost can be substantial in rural communities where students live farther apart,” Burns said.