School district avoids layoffs

Unlike many of the school districts in the state, the Ridgway Area School District will not be forced to freeze wages or lay off their teachers.Concerned resident Scott Warnick attended Tuesday evening's school board meeting to ask the tough question.“I see all of the other districts are having to lay people off, but I haven't heard anything about ours, which I am happy not to hear that we might have to lay off or freeze wages,” Warnick said. “I see Brookville [school district] had to and down around State College, and I wanted to know how we are coming with our budget?”Board president Eugene Pierce noted to Warnick that in December the board approved a retirement incentive that will save the district "a bunch of money" and prevent layoffs. “We had 15 retirements and seven of those people we aren't going to replace,” said finance manager Brent Rhoads. “It kept us from having to worry about layoffs and other things and actually, it's going to save us a little over $2 million over a five-year period-- we were able to do that right now."Pick up a copy of the Friday, June 17, 2011 edition of The Ridgway Record for more.