Harrisburg City School District Approves Budget With Massive Layoffs

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!

3 comments on “Harrisburg City School District Approves Budget With Massive Layoffs

  1. I was informed about this from a friend who is a teacher and my jaw dropped. I feel angry that our budget problems are going to impact the students in our district so intensely. My friend informed me that the average class size would be increased to 35-40. If we can’t educate the next generation, how will we ever get back on track as a city. I feel like a riot (peaceful) may be appropriate?! I think we need to organize in some way and make it clear to Mayor Thompson that if she doesn’t find some other way to make cut backs, this will be her first and last term in office.

  2. Logan, I had the same reaction when I read about it! This is very serious and it calls for some real out of the box thinking. We are facing similiar but less drastic problems here.

  3. We are losing 10 teaching (classroom) positions as stated by Dr. Lindley – if I’m not mistaken. Don’t know how the reshuffle s all going to work out but I am seeing people pack up and indicate they are moving around, too. I am uncertain how class sizes will increase but they will to a degree AND without forward thinking to next year – Roy is right, we could be in the same boat as Harrisburg and then programs will be lost in addition to more positions!!

    We all need to be tolerant and supportive as things get changed up to make the best possible compromises to get through these tough times!!

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