RCSD proposes 230 more layoffs in 2020-2021 budget proposal


ROCHESTER, NY (WROC) — Rochester City School District Superintendent Terry Dade is proposing more layoffs to close the $60 million budget gap for next school year.

There is a detailed slide presentation available here.

According to the presentation, the decision making factors for the budget are priorities, reduction in senior leadership team, right-sizing school staffing due to the decline in student enrollment and program school transition.

This includes the closing on Bilingual Language and Literacy Academy, closing Young Mothers & Interim Health Academy among other programs.

Dade is proposing laying off over 230 positions for the 2020-2021 school year, 190 of those would be teachers.

“$35 million is still needed for the 2019-2020 school year. And looking ahead, we have an additional $60 million deficit to close for the 2020-2021 school year,” Dade said.

The district has already cut 100 teaching jobs earlier this year. Dade said if the expected state aid does not come through, he will have to make even more cuts on top of those proposed.

The state budget is due April 1.

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