Many districts across the state are looking at cuts, tax increases and other measures to balance their budgets.
Executive Director of the PA Association of School Business Officials reports next year will be the worst budget year in three decades. This is due to a decrease in federal, state, and local revenue (York Sunday News, January 30, 2011).
It is not a question of if districts have deficits, but how much of a deficit?
Most districts in PA seem to range between $1 million and $5 million.
York City preliminary deficit appears to be the highest at $15 million.
In order to get real savings, districts will need to look at personnel which usually make up 65 to 70%of a district’s expenses.
Leaders, Followers, Stakeholders The Impact of the Forced Change
Everyone – leaders, followers, and community will be impacted: Community members will suffer from a property tax increase, salaries will be frozen, teachers could be furloughed, programs will be cut, transportation will be less available, buildings could be shut down, class size will increase, no new supplies/resources/ technology will be purchase, vacancies will not be filled.
Moral and working conditions will suffer due to less resources and support being provided while accountability of tests scores and student achievement is still at the highest level. How will the same expectation for student achievement be met with fewer resources? Educators are being expected to do more with fewer resources.
Reductions and Cuts Proposed Cost Saving Measures
The Board will be provided with monthly budget updates
District-wide efficiency committee continues to meet to review suggestions
2011-12 budget is based on 0% increase in State funding
Anything less than 0% will require additional budget cuts
Anything more than 0% will result in reduced use of fund balance/lower tax increase
Reduce expenses while limiting the impact on our outstanding educational program through district-wide collaboration
Results: This District has only a $350,000 deficit compared to the average $1million to $5 million deficit. Analysis, Proactive Thinking and Strategic Planning
How will leaders in Pennsylvania make effective changes and continue to focus on growth in our schools even though the “force” of the budget crisis challenges us? The Challenge that Stands Before US…..