Earlier in the week, the school`s principal, John Klingeman, said the board was surprised by the teachers` “no” . “We thought they would vote yes,” he said. After years of planning and preparation, the Altoona Area School District made the foundation stone for the new Altoona Area High School on Friday, April 28, 2006. The school also overturned legal grounds. The new school replaced Keith, which opened in 1930, and Roosevelt, which opened in 1924. The new high school was opened for the 2008-2009 school year. An estimated 1,800 students attend classes 7-9. In 2010, the State of Pennsylvania provided $1,026,815,000 for specialized education. These funds are in addition to the state`s primary education per student and all other national and federal funds.  Pennsylvania`s Special Education Assistance System provides that 16% of district students receive special educational services.
It is also assumed that the needs of each student are the same level of cost.  The state requires each district to have a special three-year school plan to meet the specific needs of its students.  Over-identification of students to increase state resources has been a problem in the Commonwealth. In some districts, more than 20% of students receive specialized pedagogy, while in others, 10% are taught special education.  In July 2012, the Altoona Area School District did not request a federal grant managed by the EDP. The scholarship calls for the creation and sustainability of municipal learning centres that provide additional educational services to students in high-poverty schools and low-performing schools. The grant was competitive. Applications for scholarships were reviewed and evaluated by a panel of education industry representatives and professional fellows. The school received 114,061 $US. While 101 organizations applied for funding, only 66 were approved, including eight chartered schools. Appropriations are planned for the 2012/2013 financial year.  In 2010, the Altoona School received an additional $5,026,788 for specialized pedagogy.
 For the 2011-12 and 2012-13 school year, all Pennsylvania public school districts received the same level of funding for specialized education as they received in 2010/2011. This amount is provided regardless of changes in the number of students who require specific educational services and regardless of the amount of services students need.   “AAEA is still assessing the problematic areas of members. We hope to be able to resolve these concerns directly with the board of directors and have a comparison before the current contract expires,” said Geis. The Altoona Area School District operates 15 campuses, including a superior, a junior high school and eight elementary schools. There are also several support sites. Although the negotiation committee of the Altoona Area Education Association agreed to recommend this provisional approval of its membership, about 90% of the members voted against it. For the 2012-13 school year, the Altoona Area School District received $37,385,979.  The Governor`s executive budget for the 2012-13 budget is $9.34 billion for kindergarten to Grade 12 public education, including $5.4 billion in core education funding, an increase of $49 million over the 2011-12 budget. The state is also allocating $100 million for the grant to the liability block.
The state will also provide $544.4 million for the social security of school employees and $856 million for the school employees` pension fund, the PSERS.  This amount is an increase of USD 21,823,000 (0.34 per cent) funds for basic education, social security for school employees, school transport, non-public transport pupil school and the charter.