CHESTER, Pa. (AP) — A proposed recovery plan for the financially and academically troubled Chester Upland district includes closing underused schools, hiring new administrators and cutting jobs.

The blueprint unveiled Tuesday was developed by Joseph Watkins, the state-appointed chief recovery officer. He says the changes are needed to restore educational excellence and fiscal health.

Chester Upland threatened to shut its doors in suburban Philadelphia in January due to cash-flow problems. A subsequent federal court settlement with the state led to a badly needed infusion of funds.

Watkins’ plan calls for closing three schools, hiring a new superintendent and chief financial officer, and laying off dozens of staff members.

State and district officials did not immediately return requests for comment Tuesday.

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