Referencing the "austere" budget situation the West York Area School District is facing, Superintendent Emilie Lonardi said the district will not fund any field trips for the 2014-15 school year.

"Field trips are off the docket," Lonardi said.

The school district has a $1.5 million deficit for the upcoming school year. Among other cuts, including the furloughs of about 20 professional staff and 10 support staff members, the district will no longer be able to fund the trips to various locations, such as the Byrnes Health Center and the Junior Achievement BizTown.

Lonardi said the district has scaled back its field trip budgets in past years, but this is the first year the district cannot support any outside trips.

Lonardi said she believes the programs are great, and would love for students to be able to go. But she said schools will have to look to the PTOs and other sources of funding if they still want to take the trips.

The school board's vice president, Todd Gettys, said the board should look into a policy for private businesses or citizens who would be willing to sponsor such field trips, some of which cost between $400 and $1,000.

"We should be prepared to do it the right way," Gettys said.

Lonardi said at the middle school level, the Parent/Teacher/Student Organization has already started to fund an eighth-grade trip to Gettysburg.

During the rest of the meeting Gettys and fellow board members Robert Crouse, Ralph Brandt and Brian Strathmeyer passed notes to informally commit funding to at least two elementary-level field trips.

-- Reach Nikelle Snader at nsnader@yorkdispatch.com.