Spring-Ford Area School Board approves 55 staffing cuts

    With a $12 million budget gap staring them in the face, Spring-Ford Area School Board officials made some tough calls Monday night.

    Cuts to the district budget will eliminate 55 jobs and slash programs.

    A two-year contract with a Philadelphia company resulted in 24 lost custodial positions, despite concerns the $800,000/year contract is taking money away from potential local employees. Thirty instructional assistants will lose their jobs, as will one tech support assistant. The cuts begin in June.

    The Phoenix‘s complete report of the cuts also mentions slashes to things like an environmental education program and changes to art and consumer programs that would result in teacher layoffs. Those cuts need state approval.

    Among the things the board did approve spending for is the resurfacing of tennis courts at the high school. The project was marked as a safety concern, and only one board member dissented.

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