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meantime... allentown is one school district in pennsylvania that finds itself in a pleasant predicament... tonight the district will decide what to do with nearly five million dollars in state funding it hadn't been counting on. wfmz's will lewis joins us live from the allentown school district administration office with more.... >> allentown school district officials delayed approving a budget until they knew for sure the additional money was coming to them. 240 teachers got a furlough notice before the additional money. allentown schools superintendent, gerald zahorchak says that number should be lower when the final budget is passed. >> reporter the allentown school district lost a lot of funding due to cuts at the federal and state levels.>> gerald zahorchak, superintendent, allentown school dist."they not only took us back to the '08 - '09 subsidy levels, but programs like the tutoring program, the accountability block program, and the charter school reimbursement monies, were taken away for us it was well over 15 million dollars.">> reporter to solve those financial problems the district cut expenditures and introduced a new program of studies on the high school level. a move that resulted in 240 notices sent to teachers that their jobs may be on the chopping block. >> >> gerald zahorchak, superintendent, allentown school dist. "we'll lose some really good teachers because of the lack of contribution and investment in our school district, not from the local population, but from the commonwealth's determinatn to cut expenditures.">> reporter lawmakers in harrisburg did give the district an additional five million dollars. gerald zahorchak says that will help and some jobs will be saved. he does stop short at saying how many. >> gerald zahorchak, superintendent, allentown school dist."come to the meeting tonight and we'll all now it at the same time. >> and we will be doing just that. the school board meeting is here at the administration building and starts at seven o'clock. weried to contact the president of allentown teachers union to get a comment on if they feel the extra money should go to teachers. so far they have not responded. we'll have the latest on

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