Newspaper article Pittsburgh Post-Gazette (Pittsburgh, PA)

District May Cut Staff, Raise Taxes but Retain All Academic Programs

Newspaper article Pittsburgh Post-Gazette (Pittsburgh, PA)

District May Cut Staff, Raise Taxes but Retain All Academic Programs

Article excerpt

A $62.3 million budget proposal before the Baldwin-Whitehall school board includes $2.1 million in proposed staff reductions and a tax increase but no academic programs would be eliminated.

The 2016-17 spending plan, as outlined in detail to board members Tuesday, calls for a tax increase of 0.83-mill.

Superintendent Randal Lutz called the plan a "bare- bones budget" that would require trimming about a dozen professional positions through furloughs and attrition and nine other positions, mainly from the custodial staff.

The professional staffing cuts would mean the furlough of at least six teachers based on reduced enrollment and include seven retirements.

Other savings would be realized through reductions in elementary school nurses and in district social workers by realigning schedules and leaving vacant an assistant principal position at the high school. …

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