Rochester City School Superintendent Terry Dade’s budget proposal cuts 236 positions from the district.
The potential layoffs include about 193 teachers and are a part of Dade’s effort to close a $60 million budget deficit. In his presentation on Thursday night, Dade warned that those cuts assume that the state will provide an aid increase, like in years past, including the $35 million that the district is still short this year.
Dade plans to reorganize the district’s central office, shaving $2.9 million from that budget. He also plans to close programs like the district’s bilingual and young mothers academies. Dade says they'll be absorbed into other programs.
This is the first step in this process. Over the next month, Dade will hear from the board and the community and revise the budget. The board is scheduled to vote on the budget on May 7.
City Council has final approval of the budget, which typically happens in June.