York County's 16 school districts are getting more in state funding this year, and local school officials said the money could be used to restore programs or replace money they've had to take from savings to fill shortfalls.
While each York school district received some boost in the state's recently passed budget, the increases ranged from 2 percent in South Eastern to 12.3 percent in York City.
In Spring Grove Area, spokeswoman Lisa Smith said there are several areas where the board could choose to use the money.
The district has over the past several years lost staff through attrition, not replacing about 30 retirees and others who left their schools, she said.
"This year we have been advertising for a couple teaching positions," she said. "It gets to a point after a while that you have to fill those positions."
The $207,000 boost Spring Grove received this year would equate to about two or 21/2 full-time positions with salaries and benefits, Smith said.
Unclear: While any increase is "a pleasant surprise," it's not clear whether the state money will be greater than the increase in costs for expenses such as energy, health care and pensions, she said.
The money could be used just to replace savings that in past years had been used to balance the budget, she said.
South Western's business administrator, Jeff Mummert,
said the school district already had budgeted for all but about $24,000 of the $203,000 increase it's getting this year.
"The reality of it is we're already planning to use the fund balance to balance the budget, so we'll just have to use $24,000 less."
Though using close to $1 million from the fund balance, the board has had to raise taxes by 2.07 percent, or about $35 for the owner of a home assessed at $100,000, he said.
Red Lion Area Business Manager Terry Robinson said the district anticipated all but about $50,000 of its $368,000 increase, and the additional money will probably be added to the district's fund balance.
"We're not going to go out and add $51,000 to the budget because we got extra money," he said.
In Central York, spokeswoman Julie Romig said officials there also already had budgeted for the increase.
"I don't think it has any real significant impact ..." she said. "But we're in a fairly good position, no tax increase in three years and are able to hold steady and make cuts where necessary without affecting the students or staff."
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