Facing a deficit of more than $8 million without a tax increase, the administration Wednesday unveiled the details of cuts associated with tax increases of 2.2 percent, 1.7 percent and zero percent. All of the budget plans include using $1.5 million from the district’s assigned reserves.
Even with a 2.2 percent tax hike, the maximum allowed by the state, the district would cut more than 40 teaching positions, 27 paraprofessionals and 10 maintenance positions in order to balance its 2012-13 budget.
The Easton Area School District Board of Education has voted 5-3 to slash 72 teaching positions for the 2010-2011 school year. 27 high school teachers, 9.5 middle school teachers, 18 elementary teachers and all the computer technology coordinators will get pink slips.
According to the board, negotiations with the teachers union failed to provide the necessary cuts to bridge the budget deficit. Teachers agreed to cuts that would have saved $5 million dollars but the district still would have needed to move money from their reserves, even with the concessions.
The $131.5 million dollar 2010-2011 budget will include a 2.35% property tax increase.
The Easton Area School District has an enrollment of approximately 9,000 students, 9 schools and more than 530 teachers.