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Youngstown schools leaders consider ways to trim deficit

Published: Tue, January 22, 2013 @ 8:15 p.m.

Youngstown schools leaders consider ways to trim deficit


Schools Superintendent Connie Hathorn is meeting with his staff to devise recommendations to address a projected $48 million deficit by fiscal year 2017.

Hathorn said at a school board meeting that he and his administrators met Tuesday and would meet again today to come up with recommendations for the board. He announced the $48 million deficit projection at an Academic Distress Commission meeting last week.

Board members are concerned.

“There must be a vision for the school district,” Lock P. Beachum Sr., board member, told other members. “If not, in five years there won’t be a Youngstown City Schools.”

Beachum, who has previously warned of a need to keep finances under control, said possibilities include closing school buildings, privatizing some district operations, changes in school transportation, staff and central office reductions and increasing class sizes.

“Maybe be need to look at a management study,” he said.

The majority of the deficit is caused by the loss of city school students to charter and private schools or leaving the district through open enrollment.

“We can’t continue losing students,” Beachum said. “You’re losing the best students. You can’t climb out of academic emergency losing your best students. I doubt we’ll climb out of academic watch this year. If we do it’s going to be almost a miracle.”


1maxborenstein(27 comments)posted 3 years, 6 months ago

Here's a liberal idea:

Place a 1% school district income tax on the ballot. More than likely it would pass, because SSD, SSI, and other entitled incomes would be exempt. Although the school district isn't co-extensive with city limits, most school district voters are within city limits. The resulting 3.75% combined local income tax in Youngstown city limits should accelerate the flight of wealth and capital to the suburbs, strengthening the real estate market there and increasing county sales tax collections.
How did the city income tax reach 2.75%? The sheeple in Youngstown hate property taxes, but love income taxes because a majority of them have exempt entitlement incomes.

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