RCSD School Board approves 2013-2014 budget

Posted at: 05/09/2013 8:48 PM

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Spend more time with their classmates and playing their favorite sport on a new school team. Those are two things Rochester City School students will be able to do next year.

The Rochester City School Board has unanimously approved the 2013-2014 budget. According to the district, the budget is $734 million, which reflects nearly $6 million in increased aid from the state.

Superintendent Dr. Bolgen Vargas says the budget allows 14 more teachers, including 10 reading teachers to be added.

It gives students more time in the classroom to learn material required by the "Common Core", a tougher curriculum the district wants in all of its schools next year. Students will also have more time to take art, music, physical education and technology classes if they want. It also makes room for an additional 75 sports programs.

The district says the budget closes a projected gap of more than $50 million through changes in services, administrative areas and closing or consolidating some programs. Those have already been announced.

The budget also calls for a 3% reduction in positions, which the district says is about 169 total. With increases in civil service staff, paraprofessional staff and more than a hundred teaching positions vacant, the district says layoffs are expected to be minimal.

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