Grove Announces $206 Million in PlanCon Payments for PA School Districts
11/3/2016
HARRISBURG – Rep. Seth Grove (R-Dover) today announced school districts in York County will receive a combined $12.6 million in back payments according to the Pennsylvania Department of Education (PDE) for construction projects through a program known as the Planning and Construction Workbook (PlanCon).

These payments, which range from $172,631 for Northeastern Area School District to $2.1 million for York City School District, are reimbursements of building project payments made by school districts during the 2014-15 and 2015-16 fiscal years. The PlanCon appropriation had been removed from the 2015-16 and 2016-17 state general fund budgets which left districts uncertain about their reimbursements. However, the General Assembly enacted Act 25 of 2016 which approved the CFA to issue bonds in order to pay schools their owed reimbursement payments. The first round of payments is expected to be made in early November. Future bond issuance proceeds are expected to cover the remaining payments for the current backlog of construction reimbursements to school districts.

“For six years, I have been working with education stakeholders and my colleagues to ensure school districts receive timely state construction reimbursements and to reform the antiquated PlanCon process. I applaud the tremendous work PDE has done to ensure it was ready to distribute these funds to schools across the state as soon as the Commonwealth Financing Authority (CFA) bond proceeds are received.”

Act 25 of 2016 also created a PlanCon Advisory Committee to review the current PlanCon program and make recommendations about a new and streamlined program by May 15, 2017. This Committee has already held several hearings and plans to continue holding hearings across the Commonwealth.

Statewide, districts will receive $206.5 million in back payments in November for construction projects under PlanCon, according to PDE. The aim of the current PlanCon program is to document a school district's planning process; provide justification for construction to the public; make sure districts are in compliance with state laws, regulations and standards; and establish the level of reimbursement.

“This cash infusion to school districts over the next few years will help local districts balance their budgets with less need to target taxpayers. While this is a tremendous step forward for education funding in the Commonwealth, I look forward to continuing my work to bring greater efficiency, financial accountability and financial transparency to state government,” Grove said.

Below is a list of York County school districts and the back payments each will receive:

  • Central York: $861,167.
  • Dallastown: $874,577.
  • Dover: $809,360.
  • Eastern York: $599,625.
  • Hanover Public: $271,946.
  • Northern York: $470,599.
  • Northeastern: $172,631.
  • Red Lion: $1.62 million.
  • South Eastern: $740,389.
  • South Western: $668,294.
  • Southern York: $1.04 million.
  • Spring Grove: $1.01 million.
  • West Shore: $438,314.
  • West York: $383,627.
  • York City: $2.14 million.
  • York Suburban: $509,894.

Representative Seth Grove
196th District
Pennsylvania House of Representatives
Media Contact: Greg Gross
717.260.6374
ggross@pahousegop.com
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