The Sto-Rox school board will meet at 7 p.m. today to adopt a $24 million 2013-14 budget that calls for the furlough of a number of professional positions including an elementary school librarian, a home/school visitor, two language arts teachers, a middle school science teacher, maintenance worker and secretary.
The information comes in a press release today from Edward Maritz, a school director and board secretary, who said several other positions will be eliminated through attrition.
Mr. Maritz, in his release, issued an invitation for all "stakeholders" in the district to attend tonight's meeting, which will be held at the Middle School Cafeteria on Ewing Road, to hear a presentation about the financial state of the district.
The new budget is not expected to raise taxes.
In a copy of Mr. Maritz' presentation, provided in advance to the media, he indicates that rumors that the district will merge with another district for the 2013-14 school year are not true, but that the district "remains in significant peril" because of inadequate state funding and pressure from charter school tuition as it is charged under current state charter school law.
The presentation points to the $850 million cut in state education funds in 2011, the first year Gov. Tom Corbett was in office. That cost Sto-Rox $1.3 million in state subsidies, which amounted to about $390 per student.
Mr. Maritz said that reduction has resulted in " a series of painful cuts the Sto-Rox board has been forced to make" to continue operating the district.
The presentation also blames charter school tuition for the district's financial woes, stating that $3.25 million will be paid to charter schools in 2012-13, which equals 11.27 mills of revenue.
In addition to the furloughs in the 2013-14 budget, the board expects to use $1.17 million from its reserve fund to balance the budget. Mr. Maritz predicts the district will face significant deficits in future school years if funding levels and charter school tuition remain the same.
Mary Niederberger: email@example.com or 412-263-1590.