The York City School District has identified programs and positions that could be eliminated if administrators don't reach a collective bargaining agreement with the teachers' union.
To help close a $4.9 million budget gap, the district will be forced to cut successful initiatives it hoped to expand, Superintendent Eric Holmes said Monday evening during a York City school board meeting.
Without significant wage and benefit concessions, the district cannot add the 32 positions needed to serve the students, said board President Margie Orr.
"We don't have enough people to meet the needs of the students, but at this juncture there's nothing else we can do," she said.
The elimination of academic programs slashes any hope the district will add the workers it needs, including teachers, librarians, guidance counselors, an administrator, a teacher's aide and other positions.
"We're looking at ways to reduce and balance the budget without having a negative impact on students and student learning. That's very difficult to do, because as you know, the last few years we've cut just about everything out of the budget," Holmes said.
The district is trying to avoid cutting programs because it would mean furloughs, which also would have a negative impact, he said.
"When you're cutting $5 million, there's no easy way to do that," he said. "Unfortunately, we have to put off, postpone or eliminate (academic programs) to balance the budget this year," Holmes said.
Recommendations: Without a collective bargaining agreement, administrators recommend cutting the following:
•$473,000 expansion of the pre-K program
•$900,000 Goodridge Alternative School
•$900,000 Cornerstone Program
•$200,000 Cornerstone expansion
•six coordinators at all buildings except McKinley and William Penn
•two K-8 guidance counselors
•two K-8 art teachers
•two K-8 physical education teachers
•two K-8 librarians
•three teachers, one social worker, one librarian and one coordinator at Hannah Penn
Administrators also recommend getting $1 million reallocated from its insurance surplus with the Lincoln Intermediate Unit Trust to the general fund.
Voting: The York City school board will consider the recommendations and could vote on them at the next meeting 6:30 p.m. Wednesday, June 25.
State law requires school districts to pass a balanced budget by June 30 each year.
The board also will consider a resolution allowing the superintendent to seek charter operators for one, some or all buildings in the district, beginning with the 2015-16 academic year.
The resolution was introduced during the board's committee meeting Monday. No board member asked questions or offered comments about the resolution.
The district converting to charter schools always has been an option in the recovery plan, said David Meckley, the district's state-appointed chief recovery officer.
Public input would be part of the process and probably happen in the fall, he said.
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