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Pennsylvania Association of School Business Officials affirms LMSD budgeting practices, responds to "erroneous" court order

The Pennsylvania Association of School Business Officials (PASBO) joined a growing chorus of statewide groups affirming the District's sound budgeting practices and expressing concern about the recent Court order overruling the decision-making authority of the LMSD Board of School Directors in establishing budget increases that support District programs. PASBO called the order an "erroneous decision" with "significant implications for districts across the state" in a statement published on their website Monday.

"Despite the fact that Lower Merion adhered to all applicable laws, provided appropriate transparency regarding financial decisions, engaged in careful, long-term financial planning and budgeted conservatively in light of the myriad of fluctuating issues that are beyond their control, they are being criticized and penalized for coming in under budget and planning for future taxpayer savings."

PASBO also published a document highlighting the challenges of school district budgeting, available here:

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