Financial Picture Improves For City Schools, York City School District Says

The York City School District’s financial picture has started to stabilize during the past several years, said Richard Snodgrass, the district’s business manager.

That’s due to factors that include additional state money and the district’s attempts to control costs better, he said.

Read more about the district’s response to the recovery-officer change.

At the end of the fiscal year on June 30, the district should have a fund balance of about $6.7 million. That helps provide a cushion, he said, as the money the district gets does not all come in at once.

Read more: http://www.ydr.com/local/ci_28043627/financial-picture-improves-city-schools

State Appointee Granted Control Of York City School District

A Spring Garden Township businessman was put in charge of the York City School District on Friday and tasked with implementing a financial recovery plan that could see all district buildings turned into charter schools run by an outside company.

York County Judge Stephen Linebaugh on Friday granted a petition from the state education department to name David Meckley as receiver for the city school district, which gives Meckley all of the school board’s powers except for levying taxes.

Meckley, who has been the state-appointed chief recovery officer for the district for about two years, guided the creation of a financial recovery plan for the district. The plan, adopted in 2013, called for internal reform but included a path to charter conversion if progress wasn’t made.

The state, in its request for receivership, said the school board wasn’t following the plan for reasons including that the school board tabled a decision in November on turning all district schools into charters next year after Meckley directed them to approve it. The board also approved a new teachers’ contract that was inconsistent with the recovery plan, the state said.

Read more: http://www.ydr.com/local/ci_27208369/york-city-schools-receivership-decision-expected-today?source=most_viewed

Latest Housing Stats: One York Area Posted 60 Percent Jump In Median Sale Price

Map of Pennsylvania highlighting York County

Map of Pennsylvania highlighting York County (Photo credit: Wikipedia)

If you sold a house in York during the first three months of the year, chances are good that you made a profit from the deal.

Between Jan. 1 and March 31, the median sale price of a home in the York City School District jumped 60 percent while the number of homes sold fell 10 percent, according to data released Thursday by the Realtors Association of York & Adams Counties.

Overall, during the first quarter, the median sale price for a home sold in York County climbed 4 percent from $135,000 in 2013 to $139,997 this year.

Read more: http://www.ydr.com/local/ci_25539459/one-area-posted-60-percent-jump-median-sale

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Facing $4.9M Deficit, York City Schools Still Looking To Grow

Map of , United States Public School Districts

Map of , United States Public School Districts (Photo credit: Wikipedia)

Required to adopt a balanced budget by June 30, York City School District officials are cobbling together a proposal with two major pieces of the financial puzzle missing.

First, it’s still unclear whether New Hope Academy Charter School will be forced to close — a scenario that could send an influx of students and money to the district.

And, the teacher’s union has not agreed to new collective-bargaining agreement with the district, which adopted a financial recovery plan that depends significantly on workforce savings achieved through wage and benefits reductions during the next five years.

Nonetheless, district administrators are proposing to move forward with plans to add and expand programs.

Read more:  http://www.yorkdispatch.com/breaking/ci_25520609/facing-4-9m-deficit-york-city-schools-still

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York City School Superintendent Fired Without Cause… Sound Familiar??

Sharon Miller, Superintendent of the York City School District was fired without cause at Wednesday night’s board meeting.

Six board members voted yes, while three other board members voted no.  The emotional meeting had threats of legal action and accusations of racism.  Miller is white, all the yes votes came from black school board members.  Her replacement is black, which further fueled accusations of racism. 

At YorkDispatch.com Laszlo posted:

“$300,000 to pay off a Superintendent who has had 2+ years of satisfactory evaluations, when just two months ago 44 positions were eliminated and 24 teachers laid off partly due to financial constraints and a desire not to raise taxes.”

Reminds me of the Myra Forrest debacle over at Owen J. Roberts SD a while back.  I think there needs to be more protection for school superintendents so these “You’re fired! We don’t like the color of your hair this week.” dismissals can be avoided.  People should not be randomly fired.

This move will cost the York City SD $270,000 plus a superintendent search when they had a perfectly good one.

For some facts about the district:

http://www.ycs.k12.pa.us/district-mainmenu-71/district-facts-mainmenu-177.html