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Easton Area Schools Could Cut 77 Jobs

Easton school district looks at job cuts to balance budget; employees will take pay freeze.

The Easton Area School District could cut 77 positions in order to balance its budget. 

The job cuts are one of the possibilities district officials presented Wednesday night at the first of a series of meetings looking at the . After the presentation was made, representatives of various district employee groups said they would take a pay freeze next year*. Superintendent Susan McGinley said she will also take a pay freeze.

The positions in question include 40 teachers, 27 paraprofessionals and 10 custodians. Put together with a 2.2 percent tax increase and $1.5 million in district reserve funds, those cuts would close a $9 million gap in the budget.

The school board is considering three different scenarios: a budget with a 2.2 percent tax increase, one with a 1.7 percent tax increase and one with no tax increase. Without a tax increase, the number of job cuts could jump to around 108. 

Other possible cuts include:

  • Changing full-day kindergarten to half-day.
  • Killing district-funded field trips. 
  • Ending indoor track and lacrosse at the high school, and having students pay fees for physicals. 

This is the third year in a row that the district has considered cutting positions to balance the budget. In 2010, 72 teachers lost their jobs. , the district looked at cutting 160 jobs to balance the budget, but ultimately came to an agreement with the teachers union.

*An earlier version of this story incorrectly reported that the district's teachers would take a pay freeze. 

Brett Bonfanti April 05, 2012 at 02:02 AM
I believe the teachers said they WOULD NOT be taking a pay freeze. Yikes.
Christina Georgiou April 05, 2012 at 04:51 AM
@Brett - You are mistaken. The rep from the teaching association specifically said they would take a pay freeze for the second year in a row. Though the sound tonight was a bit muddy, what did you think the audience applauded her for?
Ronnie DelBacco April 05, 2012 at 12:36 PM
@Brett, I remember that from last year also when then president Meyers said he would continue negotiations after the teachers said they were done. The spokeswoman for the group of teachers that came forward, in spite of Kevin Dealy, did say they have done their share. If this current board extends that horrible contract again in making a "deal" with the union they should all be recalled. Let this contract play out so that we can enter negotiations from a stronger position. The EAEA will be forced to realize that there are plenty of teachers who want to work with or without the EAEA lobbying against the tax payers. Reagan fired the Air traffic controllers and reset that system. It can work with the EAEA too. Simply put, the board needs to stop allowing the union to bully them.
Kelly April 18, 2012 at 03:13 AM
a good deal of this budget is fixed costs. You can' t do much about them but going forward, pensions and other benefits should be negotiated differently for new hires. This is not going to be easy or pretty however it is in line with how corporate America is dealing with the economy ........the unions are going to have to deal with this reality.
Ronnie DelBacco April 18, 2012 at 11:37 AM
The EAEA should also collect their own dues and not depend on the district to to their work for them. We should NOT be paying up to half of the union president's salary either. It is stupid for us to pay the head of a private political organization to lobby against us. What other private political organization in the country collects its dues through payroll deduction. None. I have to send ini my memberships on my own dime if I want to join them. I can't expect my employer to deduct the dues for me.

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