RCSD teacher job cuts reduced from 109 to 105

Education

ROCHESTER, N.Y. (WROC) — The teacher layoffs within the Rochester City School District have been reduced from 109 to 105, reinstating 4 positions.

A representative from the district said in addition to the 105 layoffs, 154 teachers have been displaced, meaning they could be in a new classroom in the same building, or a new school.

The district said 81 will remain in the same building, and 73 will be placed in a new school. The teachers were notified of these new appointments on Monday.

This district cites retirements and resignations submitted to the district last week as the reason these positions were now available.

Students are expected to return to school after winter break, facing these potential classroom changes.

In addition to the layoffs and displacement, some teachers are leaving on their own.

President of the Rochester Teacher Association Adam Urbanski said three teachers resigned on Tuesday, possibly creating more problems from the district.

“An unprecedented number of teachers, Rochester City School teachers, are resigning from our district. They’re witnessing all this chaos and disruption and they’re saying there must be a better place for a teaching career than the Rochester City School District.”

Urbanski said those resignations might lead to the rehiring of some of the teachers being laid off.

The Superintendent has called all this unfortunate, bu necessary to close an emergency multi-million dollar budget deficit.

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The RCSD school board voted to move forward with cuts with five votes for it and two against.

Check back with News 8 WROC as we continue to update this developing story.

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