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Financial Recovery Advisory Committee

Financial Recovery Advisory Committee

The sole purpose of the Advisory Committee is to provide recommendations and feedback to the Chief Recovery Officer on the development and implementation of the Scranton School District financial recovery plan. Meetings will be held monthly. Members of the Advisory Committee will serve without compensation.

Dr. Candis Finan

PDE Chief Recovery Officer

Missy McTiernan

SSD Superintendent of Schools

Pat Laffey

SSD Business Manager

Paul Dougherty

SSD Director Secondary Education/Technology

Katie Gilmartin

President, SSD Board of Directors

Rosalind (Ro) Hume

SSD Board of Directors

Ann Greebeck

SSD Dir of Elementary/Federal Programs

Kevin Williams

NEIU Dir of Educational Technology

Pedro Anes

Scranton Human Relations Commission

Luann Henihan

SSD Building Supervisor Maintenance

Rosemary Boland

SFT President

Michael Mahon, Ph.D.

Abington Heights SD Superintendent of Schools

The Honorable John P Blake

PA State Senate

Maria Stanton

The Honorable Kyle J Mullins

PA House of Representative

The Honorable Marty Flynn

PA House of Representative

Roseann Polishan

Jessica Eskra, Esq

Solicitor for the City of Scranton

Al O'Donnell

SSD Elementary Principal

Gus Fahey

Scranton Community Member

Chuck Wallinger

Howard Gardner Business Manager

Bert Gentilezza
SSD Director of Compliance
SSD Recovery Plan
Meeting Video Recordings

The Advisory Committee for the Recovery Plan met online on April 30, 2020. After introductions, the Chief Recovery Officer (CRO) provided a review of the Scranton School District’s calendar year budget which begins on January 1 and ends on December 31. The 5-year Recovery Plan’s Fundamental Initiatives were reviewed.

From Dr. Candis Finan:

How do we Balance the Budgets for 5 years, Pay all the Bills in a timely manner and provide pay raises (either CPI--2.2%) for all groups, and fix the critical capital projects necessary for keeping the doors open and not cut programs or personnel? 

 I discussed how raises could be provided if cuts were made to healthcare spending and increasing teacher loads at the high schools, reducing all overtime and extra duty pay and asking everyone to not get paid for 5 days for 2019-2020.  It is a real bargain!  Even with all that (which would have to be approved by the unions, SSD could just balance the budgets from 2019-2024.