The York City School District is moving forward with a plan to close a $4.9 million gap between revenues and expenses in its proposed 2014-15 budget.

The district's school board is scheduled to vote Wednesday on the latest proposal, which cuts about $2.7 million in expenses from the budget originally proposed in May.

On the chopping block are 12 teaching positions and an expansion of the district's pre-kindergarten program.

Scaled back: Six of those positions would have been staff members at Hannah Penn, a former middle school that will reopen this fall as the district's seventh K-8 school.

Those positions — an art teacher, music teacher, physical education teacher, librarian, social worker and reading-program coordinator — would have cost the district $600,000.

The other six positions are currently reading-program coordinators. However, the people who fill those positions will be shuffled around to fill other open positions, business manager Richard Snodgrass said.

"It won't actually be anybody getting laid off," Snodgrass said. "There just won't be additional hires."

Nixing those positions will also save the district $600,000 next year. Foregoing the plan to expand pre-kindergarten by three classrooms will save $473,000.

And, finally, administrators recommend reallocating $1 million from the district's health-insurance surplus with the Lincoln Intermediate Unit Trust to the general fund.


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Contract talks: Administrators proposed a 2014-15 budget in May that added positions and expanded programs despite the lack of a new collective-bargaining contract with the teachers union.

District officials had hoped teachers would agree to a contract that significantly cut wages and benefits before the state-imposed deadline to pass a balanced budget by July 1, but that hasn't happened.

The district is implementing a financial recovery plan that depends significantly on workforce savings achieved during the next five years.

No tax hike: The district is sticking by its pledge to avoid a tax increase, Snodgrass said. The district's millage rate will remain at 33.74.

Revenues are expected to increase by about $2.2 million because the district expects about 425 former New Hope Academy Charter School students to enroll for the 2014-15 academic year.

The extra revenue, coupled with the $2.7 million expense cuts, will eliminate the $4.9 million deficit.

District administrators had originally projected an enrollment of about 225 former New Hope students.

Now, they expect the return of the William Penn Performing Arts Institute to attract 200 more high school students, Snodgrass said.

On Monday, Snodgrass said he did not know how many former New Hope students had already enrolled.

"I think a lot of students will not enroll until later on in the summer," he said.

The school board will meet at 6:30 p.m. Wednesday.

— Reach Erin James at ejames@yorkdispatch.com.