The Harrisburg City School District board of control has approved a tentative $136,000,000.00 budget which slashes 137 jobs to fill a $22,000,000.00 shortfall in the budget! 95 teachers, more than 40 support positions, 66 non-certified emergency teachers, 2 assistant superintendents, 1 principal and 10 central office positions. I think they forgot the partridge in a pear tree. The staff cuts only make up 1/2 of the $22,000,000.00 shortfall.
Staff cuts are expected to come from the most recently hired according to Rich Askey, President of the Harrisburg Education Association.
The Harrisburg School District has 8000 students and 1200 faculty and staff. There are 15 schools in the district. Harrisburg High School has a very high drop out rate (21%). Harrisburg City School District is consistently ranked at the bottom of Pennsylvania’s 498 school districts. In 2009 the district was ranked 496th! The district is in Corrective Action II, 7th year.
Things could be much worse!