The York City School District has a $19.2 million budget deficit heading into the 2012-13 school year.
The following highlights the list the district provided at this week's finance committee meeting on how it plans to close the gap. Part of the gap would be filled with a 17 percent property tax hike, which brings in $4.7 million.
Budget cuts (amount listed as savings):
---$1.9 million: Refinancing debt to postpone some debt payments to later years.
---$3.2 million: K-8 restructuring. Switching from K-4/5-8 to K-8 will allow York City to eliminate 28 teachers plus nine professional positions such as librarians.
---$500,000: Closing the Lindbergh Building, which houses the district alternative education program, saves York City $1 million, including cutting all the staff in that building. An outside alternative education provider would be brought in, though, which costs about $500,000.
---$627,000: Restructuring central office, including eliminating two assistant superintendent positions.
---$429,000: Savings in operating costs and utilities from closing the two middle schools.
---$768,000: Reducing high school staff by 12 teachers.
---$715,000: Reducing six administrator positions, including two middle school principals, three middle school assistant principals and one high school assistant principal.
---$718,000: Cutting 26 support staff positions, such as cafeteria aides, office managers, secretaries and attendance officers.
---$198,000: Reducing athletic program staff, such as the athletic director.
---$50,000: Having all 12-month employees work four days a week, 8 hours a day, in the summer. The employees would see a reduction in salary because they'd be working fewer hours.
---$1.8 million: Across the board budget reductions in each department.
Those savings, among others, and the tax revenue would pare down the deficit by about $16 million. With no fund balance left and the maximum tax hike in place, the district would have to find other ways to make up the last $3 million.
Here's what else has been proposed:
Budget cuts (Amount listed as savings):
---$647,000: Eliminating half-day kindergarten. No kindergarten would be offered.
---$413,000: Eliminating guidance counselors.
---$165,000: Eliminating the choral music program.
---$273,000: Eliminating the band program.
---$400,000: Eliminating the art program.
---$170,000: Eliminating K-8 gym teachers.
---$71,000: Eliminating the gifted teacher.
---$322,000: Eliminating sports (savings factors in lost revenue from tickets).
---$278,500: Wage freeze for central office staff and other administrators.
---$113,500: Cut all the paid stipend positions.