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Carlisle Area School District

Pictured is the entrance to Carlisle High School.

A proposed comprehensive study of staffing needs could result in job cuts in the Carlisle Area School District for 2019-20.

The school board could vote Jan. 17 on a resolution that would authorize administrators to determine the minimum across-the-board staffing needs for the upcoming school year.

If approved, the study would have a turn-around of about a month or two and could result in recommendations to close an anticipated $3 million deficit in the budget for 2019-20, Superintendent Christina Spielbauer said Thursday.

The resolution directs administrators to weigh staffing needs based on instructional program requirements, student enrollment districtwide, student enrollment in specific classes or courses and organizational efficiencies.

The study would examine all employee classifications, including support staff, administrators and professional employees — namely teachers. In cases where a recommendation would result in the elimination or reduction of positions, administrators would have to follow established procedures for the termination, suspension, furlough or demotion of each impacted employee.

Similar studies are conducted internally on an annual basis as part of the budget cycle, Spielbauer said. What makes it different this year is the review is coming to the board as a formalized process, she said.

The review is being triggered by years of multimillion dollar budget deficits coupled with the steady erosion of reserves. School districts across Pennsylvania are coping with a similar pattern brought on by increases in health care and pension costs that exceed inflation and state subsidies.

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