The state Department of Education is paying the man in charge of York City School District's financial recovery $80 an hour in hopes he can help the district avoid future financial pitfalls.

David Meckley, a Spring Garden Township businessman, was chosen to serve as York City school's Chief Recovery Officer, a newly created position, by the department Secretary Ronald Tomalis. Meckley has been on the job for slightly less than a month.

York City School District was designated by the state to be in "moderate financial recovery" and in need of state oversight to help draft a plan to improve its fiscal situation.

Meckley declined to comment on his compensation. His pay is capped at 1,800 hours, which would be a total of $144,000.

The York City School District is not on the hook for any of that.

Tim Eller, a spokesman with the Department of Education, said the pay rate was based on what a chief administrator in any school district would make. Eller said Meckley was picked "due to his background in fiscal management and executive experience, as well as being from the York area and his school board experience."

Meckley is president and owner of Strategic Advantage Inc., which he founded in 2001. Meckley also is a former president and chief executive officer of Flinchbaugh Engineering Inc. and served on the Spring Garden Township Board of Commissioners and York Suburban School Board.

Committee finalized: Meckley's committee to put York City School District on the path to financial recovery is now in its final form.

Now that the York City School Board selected the last three members of the 20-person committee on Wednesday, a date will be chosen in the near

future to start discussing options, according to Meckley.

It's a tight timeline, as the committee, just now assembled, has only 21/2 months left to submit a plan for York City School Board to vote on. Extensions are possible, however.

Beside Meckley, the volunteer committee includes board members R. Jane Hines and Margie Orr; superintendent Deborah Wortham; McKinley principal Keith Still; district business manager Richard Snodgrass; teachers' union president Kim Schwarz; financial consultant Ken Phillips; Lincoln Intermediate Unit executive director Michael Thew; special education representative Kay Lipsitz; York Suburban superintendent Kate Orban; York Academy Regional Charter School board president Dennis Baughman; and community members Jessica Nieves, Genevieve Ray, Robert Woods, Curtis Tribue, April Murray, Carol Hill Evans, Michael Johnson and Paula Gilbert.

-- Reach Andrew Shaw at ashaw@yorkdispatch.com