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Carlisle Area School District

Pictured is the entryway to Carlisle High School.

Carlisle Area School Board members were briefed Thursday on a list of possible cost-cutting measures that include the elimination of six full-time teaching positions next school year.

The cuts would be determined by projected trends in course demands and student enrollment across all grade levels, Superintendent Christina Spielbauer said. She would not disclose which six positions might be cut.

Her presentation outlined seven cost-cutting measures for 2019-20 that total $1.79 million in savings. In addition, Spielbauer has recommended the board increase the property tax by the 3-percent maximum allowed under Act 1 to generate about $1,305,000 in new revenue.

Though savings and new revenue total $3,095,000, board members and district administrators are grappling with the prospect of a $3.7 million budget shortfall in 2019-20.

Cutting six full-time teachers would save the district about $450,000. Below is a list of other cost-cutting measures along with the projected savings:

• Delaying certain maintenance projects by a year: $300,000

• Extending by one year the replacement schedule of laptop computers issued to secondary students: $200,000.

• Reducing by four slots the outside placement of students to service providers: $100,000

• Restructuring support staff positions to maximize efficiencies: $80,000

• Delaying the purchase of licensed instructional material by a year: $60,000

District administrators also recommend the board outsource all the remaining instructional aides for a projected savings of $600,000.

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