The Philadelphia School District's current budget gap stands at $38.8 million, officials said Friday.
On Jan. 19, the district announced it had a $61m shortfall that had to be bridged by June. The district said in a statement today that number had actually increased to $70.8 million.
Some cuts have been made, but $38.8 million must still be cut, spokesman Fernando Gallard said in a statement.
The gap had increased in part because of costs associated with a voluntary early retirement program offered to employees last year. More employees than anticipated accepted the offer, meaning the program cost the district instead of saving it money. The district also had "separations in excess of the number originally anticipated because of continued layoffs throughout the winter," it said in the statement. The costs include mandatory payments required at termination and unemployment costs, the district said.