Harrisburg School District offered gifts to employees, parents, and residents Monday night. Employees got a payment covering the 5 percent salary cut taken for 2013-14. Parents get full-day kindergarten back. Residents get no tax increases anticipated in coming years.
All are included in the revised district recovery plan adopted unanimously, with two members absent, by the Harrisburg School Board on April 21. The plan was revised -- or "recalibrated," as district officials call it – to account for $11 million found in district coffers in January.
The 5 percent salary restoration returns a cut taken by teachers and other staff before the 2013-14 school year, when the district believed it was facing a $4.5 million deficit. But the restoration is a lump-sum check, not an addition to base pay, which is frozen at current levels.