RCSD presents initial $980M budget proposal

Updated: March 23, 2021 11:15 PM
Created: March 23, 2021 09:27 PM

ROCHESTER, N.Y. (WHEC) — The Rochester City School District presented its initial budget proposal Tuesday night and explained how the district will use its allotment of federal COVID-19 relief money and state aid.

The 2021-22 budget proposal is about $980 million, which is $52 million more than its 2020-21 budget. 

Tuesday night's presentation showed state and federal aid will contribute to 70% of the balanced budget, or about $677 million.

"It really lays the foundation for a shift from constantly focusing on our fiscal stability, our fiscal woes of the district to the prioritization that we really are giving to academics as well as student performance," Superintendent Lesli Myers-Small said.

Myers-Small also said they will also have to address a sharp decline in enrollment, and because of that, overstaffing.

She says there will not be any major layoffs this year, but they will continue to look at what the implications might be for 2023 and beyond.

Click here to see the slides from the presentation.

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