After weathering the economic recession by spending its savings, Park City School District is facing a $5 million budget shortfall for the 2012-13 school year. The school board is weighing whether to lay off teachers, freeze salaries, boost employees' health costs or all of the above.
"Our reserves now are depleted to the point where we need to take some action and restore the balance between ongoing revenues and ongoing expenditures," said district spokesman Patrick Ogden.
Superintendent Ray Timothy has presented a number of possible budget cuts to the Park City board, including increasing average class sizes to 23 students. That's been the target in Park City, but many classes have shrunk below the 23-student mark. Last year, first and third grade classes in Park City had 21 students, on average. The state median for those grades is 23 and 25 students, respectively.