York City residents can celebrate a second year without a York City School District property-tax increase.

The school board approved a balanced 2014-15 budget at its meeting Wednesday. The district's millage rate remains at 33.74.

While the district managed to avoid a tax increase or teacher layoffs, administrators had to cut some planned expenses to balance the budget.

For example, the district's pre-kindergarten program will not expand by three classrooms as administrators originally proposed.

That cut saved the district $473,000.

Twelve positions were also nixed.

However, no one will lose their jobs, business manager Richard Snodgrass said.

Six of those positions would have been staff members at Hannah Penn, a former middle school that will reopen this fall as the district's seventh K-8 school.

Those positions — an art teacher, music teacher, physical education teacher, librarian, social worker and reading-program coordinator — would have cost the district $600,000.

The other six positions are currently reading-program coordinators.

However, the people who fill those positions will be shuffled around to fill other open positions, Snodgrass said.

District officials had hoped teachers would agree to a contract that significantly cut wages and benefits before the state-imposed deadline to pass a balanced budget by July 1, but that hasn't happened.


The district is implementing a financial recovery plan that depends significantly on workforce savings achieved during the next five years.

— Reach Erin James at ejames@yorkdispatch.com.