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Rochester School Leaders Will Reveal Potential Budget Cuts Tonight

The district is facing a $10.8 million deficit; privatizing custodians, bus drivers and accepting school-of-choice students are possible remedies.

The will hear tonight about potential solutions to a projected budget shortfall next school year. 

The district is facing a $10.8 million deficit for the 2012-13 school year.

The budget projection assumes savings from about 60 teacher retirements and savings from employees now contributing 20 percent for health insurance. It also assumes additional costs that will accompany the district's change to all-day kindergarten.

The district's fund balance is $23.5 million.

Board members have asked for possible budget cuts that would absorb $3.5 million to $6.1 million of the deficit; the rest would be taken from the fund balance.

Daniel Romzek, the district's assistant superintendent for business, will present a detailed look at the budget at tonight's board meeting. The meeting begins at 7 p.m. and is open to the public in the

Among the potential cuts:

  • Contracting transportation services (or saving through collective bargaining) would save $1.3 million.
  • Contracting custodial services (or saving through collective bargaining) would save $1.6 million.
  • Allowing about 100 school-of-choice students would generate $816,800.
  • Cuts to learning consultant program would save $1.4 million.
  • Cuts to the media specialists program would save $802,146.

Other possibilities: cuts to para-educators, cutting five teaching positions, reducing clerical staff and the elimination of middle school athletics.

Details of the presentation can be seen in the Agenda Packet PDF file attached to this story.

Also tonight, the board will hear an "Academic Spotlight" presentation from 's media specialist and third-graders.

Gary Elliott April 03, 2012 at 12:50 AM
"Cafeteria was outsourced. It was a MEA unit" I wanted to comment on this statement as well. Know that our Cafeteria Staff and the Troy Schools staff were part of the MEA and I believe was sold out by the MEA. I feel they let these people go to make negotiating for teachers easier. Nothing against teachers but that is what I think happened. MEA scratched the districts back and district scratched MEA's back.. You think? Also, look at what Board Members in either district was supported by and their campaign supported by.
Gary Elliott April 03, 2012 at 12:55 AM
I sense resentment in your comment. I am vested and want my pension when I leave. Just as others do. If you want to change the law make sure it is for new hires and your State Representatives and the upper government. Because they generally write themselves exempt from these bills.
Gary Elliott April 03, 2012 at 01:02 AM
They are not going to rehire very many, if any. If they hire 51% of the previous staff they then have the right to unionize and they don't want that. So, don't let the Board and the others lead you to believe this BS.
Gary Elliott April 03, 2012 at 01:02 AM
Why is the district (Superintendent and Board) putting the burden of a 12 millions deficit on ONE group? Because they know they will wimper to the MEA! The district just put on a district wide Anti-Bully Campaign and had all employees attend it. So, why can the district bully the weaker groups and kiss up to the bigger and stronger unions? Because they can bully but no one else can.
SS April 11, 2012 at 03:32 AM
Oh Dear Henry, what you all do not realize is GCA will be interviewing pre-selected RCS employees and only a small, very small will be hired. RCS administrators and GCA have done their homework well. RCS has every intention of paying as little as possible if any unemployment, or anything else! One of the administrators asked for a report regarding the unemployment cost to the district and was totally floored! Not a pretty picture. Sorry for the secretivness but i fear retribution and i love working for my school. There is so much the public is unaware of. Privitization is sooooooo not the way to go.

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