The York City School District's worst case budget scenario, the nightmare that the last school board president warned of during the last budget crisis, was laid out in blunt terms Monday night.
And it's not just a scenario.
At this point, it's just about the only option.
City school officials plan on eliminating next year's $19 million deficit by slashing administrators, teachers, sports, art, gym and more, according to the most updated budget details.
While some details were previously revealed, business consultant James Duff said the teacher union's decision not to accept wage concessions and the state indicating more funding isn't coming has the district more seriously considering these options:
* Eliminating half-day kindergarten. The district already had proposed cutting full-day kindergarten to half-day kindergarten. This would cut it entirely, as the state does not require districts to offer that grade.
* Eliminating all sports. That includes eliminating the athletic director position held by Chaz Green and the athletic staff.
* Eliminating guidance counselors and the bilingual counselor positions
* Eliminating K-12 art and K-8 gym; those subjects would have to be taught by classroom teachers.
* Eliminating the gifted seminar teacher position
* Eliminating K-12 choir and band
* Requiring staff to work four-day, eight-hour weeks in the summer, which would save the district $278,500 in salary
* Eliminating all stipend positions, which includes anything teachers get paid for beyond the classroom York City Superintendent Deborah Wortham repeatedly emphasized the latest proposed budget is not finalized.
All of those options, outlined on page 3 of the budget worksheet, would help get a total savings of $3.35 million in next year's budget.
"By some miracle, we need to find some funding for page 3," Wortham said. "Page 3 is about educating the whole child."
"Right now, there is no other option," Duff said.
"Right now, nothing is irreversible," Wortham soon followed, trying to remind the school board some of the items could be saved.
Other cuts: But all those page 3 cuts still leave about $16 million left to make up. A 17 percent property tax hike would bring in about $4.7 million. That proposed mill rate hike takes the rate from 31.0778 to 36.3943 mills.
The K-8 restructuring Wortham has proposed would need to happen in order to balance the budget, too. By consolidating the elementary and middle schools, the district can eliminate the middle school principals, 28 K-6 teachers and nine other professional positions such as librarians. It would save York City about $3.2 million.
The district already recently announced it had told 50 teachers they would be laid off as of July 1. Another round of layoffs is expected, according to the district.
Teachers aren't the only ones affected.
The proposed cuts also call for two assistant superintendent positions to be eliminated. The school security officer position also would be cut, as well as several other central office positions.
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