RCSD will receive $20 million less than expected from New York state in 2020-2021

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ROCHESTER, N.Y. (WROC) — Rochester City School District officials learned Tuesday that it will receive $20 million less in state aid than previously anticipated for next year’s budget.

Last week, officials announced that RCSD would get the $35 million needed to finish out the school year without more layoffs. Assemblyman Harry Bronson says that money is secure, but the funding for the upcoming 2020-2021 budget will be dramatically less than expected.

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At Tuesday night’s Board of Education “Zoom” meeting when the revised draft budget 2020-2021 was presented, it showed an immediate $17.5 million hole, with a $2.5 million deficit for the current lunch fund.

Receiving $20 million less than expected puts the district in a tight financial spot, once again. That will be on top of a projected 20-21 deficit of $60 million.

In March, Dade presented his budget proposal for 20-21, which proposed laying off over 230 positions for the 2020-2021 school year, 190 of those would be teachers. The district has already cut over 100 teaching jobs earlier this year. 

Teacher’s Union President Adam Urbanski hopes the cuts are made away from the classroom. 

“I hope they will explore all other potential options before taking away schools, or taking away teachers from our students who already are struggling to meet educational requirements,” says Urbanski.

Assemblyman Harry Bronson is hoping for the same, but says expectations for 20/21 need to be dialed back.

“We have to find those cuts. We have to have the expenses cut. Because the funding just isn’t there. So, tough decisions are going to have to be made,” says Bronson.

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

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