- Associated Press - Monday, September 21, 2015

ERIE, Pa. (AP) - Erie’s school board is open to the possibility of temporarily shutting down district operations if it can’t pay employees because of the state government’s entrenched budget stalemate.

The decision came Monday during a special board meeting to consider the idea from Superintendent Jay Badams.

The board passed a resolution saying that it was giving Badams the authority to act on any option available if the district can no longer pay employees.

Badams says the alternative is borrowing about $30 million to keep the schools open through December. He estimates that the cost of borrowing would be around $200,000, which is money that could otherwise be spent to hire four more teachers.

He says students could make up lost days later in the year.

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