The Reading School District is closing five schools, raising taxes and laying off more than 200 workers, including 108 teachers.
The district’s board voted 5-4 in favor of a $220.5 million spending plan on Wednesday night that includes the district’s first tax increase in almost a decade.
Administrators faced a budget gap of more than $40 million but cut it to just over $14 million by using reserve funds.
Four sixth-grade magnet schools and an elementary school will close under the new plan.
Also among the layoffs are 66 teaching assistants and 24 clerical workers.