York City schools are seeking donations through their website to try to save some of the non-mandated programs that are being cut in next year's proposed budget.
Sports, art, gym and music are among the programs the district has proposed cutting to help close a $19 million deficit.
The district put a statement on their website to help attract donations through a Paypal link on the main page.
The statement reads: "Faced with a $19 million deficit, difficult decisions were needed to be made in order to balance The School District of the City of York's 2012 - 2013 budget. Consequently, only essential programs were included in the proposed budget. This means that non-mandated programs such as music, art, and sports will not be made available to our students next school year. We have provided a link (right side of page) if you would like to make a donation to assist the district in offering these non-mandated programs this upcoming school year. Thank you."
The idea came through a committee of community and staff members, said Superintendent Deborah Wortham. No donations have been made thus far.
"So many people have expressed interest" in finding a solution, Wortham said.
Other ideas, such as resurrecting the defunct Bearcat Foundation, are being pursued, too, she said.