Carlisle Area School District

Carlisle Area School Board members may consider a proposal Thursday to eliminate German language instruction at the middle school level effective at the end of the current school year.

The resolution is an outgrowth of a study of staffing needs for 2019-20 that takes into account student enrollment in specific classes or courses, organizational efficiencies and instructional program requirements.

Superintendent Christina Spielbauer has recommended the board eliminate German language instruction at both Lamberton and Wilson middle schools “as a result of [a] substantial decline in class or course enrollments and to conform with efficient standards of organization,” according to the resolution.

The board could vote on the resolution during the regular monthly meeting scheduled for at 7 p.m. Thursday in the large group instruction room of the Fowler building of Carlisle High School.

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If approved, the resolution authorizes district administrators to eliminate the program and reduce appropriate staff. The resolution directs the administration to notify all staff members who are to be suspended, terminated or affected.

In February, Spielbauer briefed board members on a list of possible cost-cutting measures for next school year that includes the elimination of six full-time teaching positions for an estimated savings of $450,000. The district plans to use the cuts as one way to close a projected $3.7 million shortfall for next year.

Spielbauer has yet to release details on what teaching positions would be cut from the payroll. She was unavailable for comment Tuesday regarding the details of the German language instruction resolution.

A check of the staffing directory of the school district website shows that there is one teacher who teaches German and Spanish to eighth-graders at the Lamberton and Wilson middle schools.

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Email Joseph Cress at jcress@cumberlink.com.