Fairport Central School District is cutting 38 employees, including 26 teaching positions. The decision was made by the School Board at the special budget board meeting at Fairport High School Monday night.
The District Superintendent Brett Provenzano says the decision is in response to declining enrollment numbers.
“We have a responsibility to ensure that we are creating a budget that is fiscally responsible and with declining enrollment, we are managing our class sizes as we project into next year,” said Provenzano. “We always have to take that into consideration.”
The staffing decision was made as part of the 2017-2018 budget adoption, and was unanimously passed by the school board.
The choice to eliminate teachers, however, has left some people wondering, why now?
The President of the Fairport Teacher’s Association, John Baynes, says that enrollment numbers have been on the decline for a decade.
“Well, I think it’s some very poor planning,” he said. “The District is down 1,200 students in 10 years and we have 50 more employees in the District. We didn’t slowly ride down.”
The teaching positions being eliminated will officially terminate this June.