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The Harrisburg School District says supplemental workbooks that were missing in some classrooms are on their way, and students now have the materials they need.

Teachers filed a complaint last week, saying that materials in special education classes and a required 9th grade reading program had not arrived.

The superintendent says the materials are supplemental, and students do have textbooks in all their core classes.

Superintendent Dr. Sybil Knight-Burney discussed the issue after the school board meeting Monday night.

"They're for additional supplemental materials, but every teacher has access and they have the bulk of their materials," she says.

The materials have been photocopied for students until the actual materials are delivered.

The school board was prepared to discuss a proposal for a new curriculum for Harrisburg Schools at the Monday meeting. But they did not have a quorum (majority) of members. They need at least five members present to move on new business, and only four were present.

Harrisburg resident Les Ford criticized the board during public comment. He says the lack of quorum shows "dysfunction," especially after the state recently released the district's poor performance profile grades.

"We have a damning report released to the public regarding the school district, and this is the first public meeting since then and there is no quorum," he says.

The board responded, saying some members were detained by work conflicts and illness.

The city's recovery officer, Gene Veno, says he was "disappointed" in the board's turnout.

He says he will hold a meeting with the superintendent and school principals on Wednedsay to discuss ways to keep this from happening again.

"This is not anything else more than just to get together to talk about management systems that I want to see happen in the district," he says.