With millions in debt looming and academics on the decline, the life raft for the York City School District was unanimously passed by the board Monday night.
The plan banks on bringing charter school students back to the district. It does not include a tax increase and there are no furloughs - albeit there are cuts to staffer's salaries and benefits.
The plan states, "The option captured for the Financial Recovery Plan is one that substantially transforms the traditional District educational model by granting significant program and operation control to individual school buildings while focusing holding those buildings accountable for developing and successfully implementing an academic improvement plan."
If schools fall short, they will move from district control to a so-called qualified education provider.
The measure also calls for the creation of a community education council and individual school advisory councils that will work hand-in-hand with the board and administration.
Also in the plan, turning schools into themed magnet schools with an emphasis on a given area of study.
With the measure passed, the district is now in line for an interest free loan. Some of that money will help with this year's budget crunch.
School officials look forward to putting the plan into play.
"We know what work we have to now and we are going to get moving with it.," School Board President Margie Orr said.
Also at Monday night's meeting:
Mr. Glenn Medice appointed to the Board of School Directors of the School District of the City of York to fill the unexpired term of James Morgan until the first Monday of December, 2013.
Mr. Michael Breeland appointed to the Board of School Directors of the School District of the City of York to fill the unexpired term of Rev. Dr. Aaron Willford, Jr. until the first Monday of December, 2013.
Effective as of May 16, 2013 and until such time as the Board of School Directors appoints an Acting Superintendent or a Superintendent to fill the vacancy of that office, the Board of School Directors of the School District of the City of York authorizes and directs Dr. Eric B. Holmes, Assistant Superintendent for Human Resources, to execute, on behalf of the District, any and all grant applications, contracts, and agreements and to take any other actions necessary for such purposes with respect to any matter which has been approved by the Board of School Directors, and; the Board of School Directors further hereby ratifies all actions taken by Dr. Holmes within the scope of this authority.