News Release
Release No.STELPRD4020545
ContactDawn Bonsell717-237-2286
SIMPSON, May 07, 2013 --

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New Fell Charter School Slated to Open for 2013-14 School Year

SIMPSON, PA, May 7, 2013 – USDA Rural Development State Director Thomas Williams joined Mary Jo Walsh, Fell Charter School Principal, on a construction walk-thru of the new Fell Charter School today. Fell Charter School received a $6.5 million Rural Development Community Facility Direct Loan in 2012, providing long-term, fixed rate financing for the construction of a new two-story school with the capacity of accommodating 225 students (kindergarten to eighth grade) located on 6.5 acres at 777 Main Street, Simpson. Construction has been moving along as planned and the new Fell Charter School plans to open the doors to students for the 2013-14 school year.

According to Williams “This is a great example of how the federal government is investing in the education of Pennsylvania’s rural youth.”

President Obama’s plan for rural America has brought about historic investment and resulted in stronger rural communities. Under the President’s leadership, these investments in housing, community facilities, businesses and infrastructure have empowered rural America to continue leading the way – strengthening America’s economy, small towns and rural communities. USDA’s investments in rural communities support the rural way of life that stands as the backbone of our American values. President Obama and Agriculture Secretary Tom Vilsack are committed to a smarter use of Federal resources to foster sustainable economic prosperity and ensure the government is a strong partner for businesses, entrepreneurs and working families in rural communities.

USDA, through its Rural Development mission area, has a portfolio of programs designed to improve the economic stability of rural communities, businesses, residents, farmers and ranchers and improve the quality of life in rural America.

USDA has made a concerted effort to deliver results for the American people, even as USDA implements sequestration – the across-the-board budget reductions mandated under terms of the Budget Control Act. USDA has already undertaken historic efforts since 2009 to save more than $828 million in taxpayer funds through targeted, common-sense budget reductions. These reductions have put USDA in a better position to carry out its mission, while implementing sequester budget reductions in a fair manner that causes as little disruption as possible.


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