Sto-Rox board cuts staff, high school track
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The Sto-Rox School District will eliminate six professional staff members, a part-time middle school nurse, two long-term substitutes and its high school track program under a $22.79 million preliminary budget its board approved last week.
The positions include a behavior specialist/psychologist, an elementary librarian, a middle school alternative education teacher and a high school English teacher.
The district will also eliminate the high school dean of students position. That would allow the dean of students to move into a middle school math teacher job, resulting in the furlough of a middle school math teacher.
At the elementary level, the district is eliminating the "time out center," where disruptive students are sent, and furloughing its staff member.
The elimination of the high school track program will leave the district with football, girls volleyball, boys and girls basketball and baseball and softball, said acting superintendent James Manley.
Full-day kindergarten is intact, even though the district, in Gov. Tom Corbett's proposed budget, lost the funding to support the program.
The governor's budget cut state funding to Sto-Rox by $1.8 million. Mr. Manley said the preliminary budget is based on a House Republican version of the budget approved last week that restores about $600,000 to Sto-Rox. Even if that version is approved, the Sto-Rox budget is still about $200,000 short.
The board is expected to take a final vote June 24.
First Published June 1, 2011 12:00 am