CHAMBERSBURG, Pa. -- An increasingly bleak financial picture in the Chambersburg Area School District has school officials scrambling to find any possible savings, including whether employees could be furloughed.
The district's fund balance, which is similar to a savings account, has been drawn down to between $1 million and $2 million, spokeswoman Sylvia Rockwood said.
For a district with just more than $100 million in annual spending, that amount falls well below the 6 percent to 8 percent auditors recommend be kept in reserve.
"We have a very, very depleted fund balance," Rockwood said.
The school board unanimously voted Wednesday to allow administrators to start a "professional staffing needs" study.
The study is legally a first step before furloughs could occur, Superintendent Joseph Padasak said Wednesday night.
Parameters of the study call for it to be "based upon instructional program requirements and student enrollment." It would determine minimum staffing needs, with recommendations made to the school board for "maintained, added, reduced or eliminated" positions.