On Wednesday, state Rep. Stan Saylor said York City schools stood to get $7 million more state funding than the past year based on the latest proposal by the House and Senate, and the board immediately announced they wanted a special meeting Thursday night to reopen the budget.
By Thursday afternoon, the meeting was canceled.
"We really had to wait until we were sure we were getting this money," said board President Margie Orr, who said she decided to cancel the meeting. "I need to see it in writing, that the state is passing a budget and that we're getting $7 million. They could come back and refigure it ... and we'd be stuck."
The state budget is due Saturday. If Saylor's figures are correct - he also said other York County school districts stand to get about $500,000 to $1 million more than the past year - then York City surely will call for another special meeting, Orr said.
"If we were to hear good news, we will have an emergency meeting on Monday to reopen the budget," Orr said.
The board last week passed a budget with a 17 percent tax hike. The district also scaled back kindergarten from full-day to half-day and cut staff. All three of those areas could be addressed if the budget is reopened, Orr said.
Other school districts in York County aren't likely to reopen their budgets, based on conversations with business managers.
Most of the additional money headed to districts, according to the proposal, would be for the state's retirement contributions, which wouldn't directly affect district budgets, business managers said.
But the Accountability Block Grant, which helps fund full-day kindergarten, would get $100 million in funding under the proposal after Gov. Tom Corbett proposed eliminating funding. That could help districts who otherwise were tapping into their surplus.
At Central York, reopening the budget isn't likely, said board president Mike Wagner. Central has no tax increase next year, and if Accountability Block Grant money comes in, the district would just use that to offset some kindergarten costs.
Wagner said school officials can't do much until the state takes final action.
"It's a moot conversation until the budget passes," Wagner said.
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