York County districts would get $3.6M boost under Wolf budget plan

Junior Gonzalez
York Dispatch

York County school districts would see a $3.6 million boost in basic education funding under Gov. Tom Wolf’s recently released budget proposal.

Unveiled Feb. 6, the governor's 2018-19 state budget proposal includes a basic education increase of $100 million compared with the 2016-17 budget, along with increases in special education, career and technical education and pre-K funding.

The boost in aid will vary by district under the state’s funding formula, which was revamped in 2016 to take student poverty levels, charter school enrollments and English proficiency levels into account.

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Most York County districts saw relatively small increases, but a few suburban districts, which are heavily funded through property taxes, saw the biggest gains.

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Compared with funding from the 2017-18 budget, York Suburban School District would receive the largest year-over-year percentage increase at more than 7 percent, followed by the Central York School District with a 4.3 percent increase.

The York City School District, still under financial recovery, shows the largest estimated dollar-amount boost at $1.3 million, though that represents a 2 percent increase over the $64.9 million it is estimated to receive for the current budget year.

In a statement, York City School District Superintendent Eric Holmes said he will use all additional resources to continue implementing the district's recovery plan.

"We appreciate any extra resources and assistance from the state," he said.

While no districts are predicted to see a decrease in basic education funding under Wolf’s proposal, Spring Grove Area, Dover Area, South Eastern and Northeastern school districts would receive increases of less than 1 percent compared with the previous year.

The York Suburban School District stands to get the largest relative basic education funding increases among York County school districts, according to Gov. Tom Wolf’s proposed budget unveiled on Tuesday, Feb. 6, 2017.