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LEWISTOWN – Tickets are still available for Mifflin County High School’s production of “High School Musical.”

Tonight at 6:30 p.m. will take place the first performance. There will also be screenings at 12:30 p.m. and 6:30 p.m. Saturday and 1 p.m. Sunday.

More information is available on the school district’s website.

Mifflin County School District Superintendent Vance Varner told the school district’s board of trustees at its Committee of the Whole meeting on Thursday that ticket sales were low this year, explaining there were plenty of seats available for groups to sit together.

In other news, Downtown Lewistown Inc. executive director Jim Zubler asked council to consider an ordinance that focuses on downsizing commercial and industrial properties.

Through the Local Economic Revitilization Tax Assistance Act — or LERTA — Zubler said DLI was able to help secure tax credits for Nittany Paper, Shy Bear and Clayton Lewistown.

As board liaison for the Pennsylvania School Board’s Association, Mary Lou Sigler said the PSBA is pleased with the proposed state budget for 2022-23, which emphasizes education.

Sigler said the plan includes a $1.55 billion increase in funding for basic education, with most of it distributed through the Equitable Funding Formula. It also includes $200 million for special education.

Under the current proposal, Sigler said school districts should receive $73 million in projected savings from proposed charter school funding reforms.

As for personnel, Varner said Academic Director Kevin O’Donnell will be leaving the Mifflin County School District. His last day will be April 29.

“Dr. O’Donnell has had a very successful career with the Mifflin County School District as a teacher, principal and now as Director of Studies. He will move on to Assistant Superintendent of South Middleton School District His departure will be a loss to the Mifflin County School District,” Varner said.

Also during the meeting, a council member asked why some residents had not received local income tax forms in the mail.

Administrators said they would check with Keystone Collections Group — the agency that handles Mifflin County taxes — and post updates on the school district’s website.

The board will hold its voting meeting at 6:30 p.m. on Thursday, February 24.

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