Rome schools to cut fewer positions

The Rome City School District has re-evaluated its proposed spending plan, which could save roughly 30 to 40 teaching positions.

Posted: Apr 8, 2019 6:36 PM
Updated: Apr 8, 2019 6:41 PM

ROME, N.Y.-- The Rome City School District has re-evaluated its proposed spending plan, which could save roughly 30 to 40 teaching positions.

The proposed $114.6 million budget initially meant that 70 to 80 jobs would have been eliminated. But Peter Blake, superintendent of the Rome City School District, said some of the positions were able to be reinstated because of state funding.

"We've had a lot of changes in the past two months since this has been the first proposed," he said. "Most recently with the addition, through the state budget being approved we had an addition of $1.5 million in foundation aid and with that money we've added several elementary classroom positions back into the budget."

Blake said those positions include 10 elementary reading positions, seven Math positions and five library positions. He said there will also be more funding for sports and after school activities.

But the remaining cuts will impact the entire district.

"We don't pick and choose where the positions come from that's all done contractually and by seniority rights," he said. "It depends on really unfortunately, the least senior staff are going to be impacted the most. So if you're in a building that has a pretty young staff, there's a chance they'll be affected more greatly than other buildings will."

The Board of Education will vote on the budget on April 23. Then voters will make the final decision on May 21.

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