ROCHESTER, N.Y. (WROC) — Rochester City School District Superintendent Terry Dade announced Thursday that the district’s reported budget shortfall is approximately $30 million and that “significant cuts” will be made.
Previous reports says indicated a $50 million discrepancy, but the $30 million amount is still a challenge for the new superintendent. While Dade says cuts are looming, he added that it’s too early in the process to determine where those cuts would be made.
“These are the things that keep me up at night” Dade said during a Thursday press conference. ” Making significant cuts while still serving our students and giving them the education they deserve.”
An email sent to district staff members Thursday afternoon said “preliminary findings indicate certain areas where the district overspent” including:
- Employee benefits
- Teacher substitutes
- Tuition (Charter)
- Retirement benefits
- Contract Transportation
The email says the district is taking “immediate steps” to address these issues and that on October 4, representatives from New York State Comptroller Tom DiNapoli’s office will meet with Superintendent Dade and RCSD Board President Van White.
The email adds that Dade will provide further details at an October 8 Audit Committee meeting.
The financial discrepancy was first reported last week following an end-of-year audit of RCSD’s 2018-2019 budget.
During Thursday’s press conference Dade said “significant cuts” would have to be made, but noted that it’s too early in the process to determine where those cuts would be made.
In the week since they first announced the budget gap:
- State and federal lawmakers have requested investigations.
- Mayor Warren requested that the city sever financial ties with the district.
- Comptroller DiNapoli announced he will be auditing the district
- RCSD school board member Beatriz Lebron has asked for board. President Van White to step down from his leadership position while another board member, Commissioner Judith Davis, has called for his resignation from the board outright.