Supporters of instructional aides gave the Carlisle Area School Board an education Thursday on what other options are available to close a projected $3 million-plus budget deficit.
District administrators have recommended the board outsource the remaining 87 aides that are on the district payroll to save an estimated $700,000 in personnel costs next year.
Ann Marie Chaney, an aide at Mooreland Elementary School, read a prepared statement on behalf of the district employees who could lose their jobs effective May 31.
In it, the aides proposed the board suspend scheduled raises for district administrators and support a pay-to-play option for student athletes and musicians. Chaney said money from booster clubs could be used to support those students who cannot afford the participation fees.
Chaney challenged board members to closely examine how much money Carlisle is spending to staff its business management office compared to school districts of similar size and student enrollment.
“In seeking to balance the budget on some of the lowest wage earners in the district, the larger and seemingly yearly budget shortfalls the district incurs are not being addressed,” Chaney said.
“Once the aide positions would be eliminated from the 2019-2020 budget, we ask you who would be contracted out the following school year to balance the budget?” she said. “And the next year. And the next year. There are a finite number of positions that could be contracted out.”
Her comments were made before a standing room only crowd who braved a light snow to gather in the board room at the Carlisle High School.