As the Millcreek School District continues to dig it's way out of a $9 million hole, the Erie School District is in a very similar situation.
On Wednesday evening, Superintendent Dr. Jay Badams met with the Erie School Board, to discuss possible budget cuts.
As we've been reporting, the district started out with a $9.8 million deficit. They've now narrowed it down to $4 million. In order to close the remaining gap, the district is looking at raising taxes by 1.1 mills.
The district is also looking at downsizing staff, by a total of 47 positions. However, according to Dr. Badams, they're hoping to achieve that, through retirements. So far, a total of 29 employees have retired.
According to Dr. Badams, as the deadline quickly approaches, the school board is running out of options.
"Given the shortfall we've had in previous years, $26 million two years ago, $13 million last year, the prospect of trying to carve $9 million out of the budget this year, was certainly less daunting in terms of numbers," said Dr. Badams. "But, because we've cut so much and we've closed schools, and laid off staff, finding shortfall, closing that gap this year, has proven to be even harder."
The board must approve a final budget by May 31.