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RCSD officials looking for input from community, colleagues to solve budget crisis

Kaci Jones
Updated: October 18, 2019 12:13 PM
Created: October 17, 2019 10:43 PM

ROCHESTER, N.Y. (WHEC) — At the Rochester City School District board meeting on Tuesday, Superintendent Terry Dade briefly mentioned the progress of the overspending investigation.

"I'm working with our internal finance team along with colleagues around the state that have been so gracious to offer their feedback and support on this journey ahead," Dade said.

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An external audit revealed district officials overspent $30.1 million in the 2018-2019 budget and cleared out the district's savings account.

As officials work to fix the problem, Dade is asking for community input. His team has set up an email to get community input on closing the gap at onevoice@rcsdk12.org.

"This is an opportune time to hear from parents, families, and the community regarding our budget deficit," Dade said.

Dade says there could be cuts coming to places like professional development, the Healthy Rewards Program, and Healthcare Plan Efficiencies to name a few. Commissioner Natalie Shepherd says she hopes to look to some of the district's contractors.

"We can look at what we have been paying that other contractors might be willing to give up," said Shepard. "Maybe still provide the services, but then we have a cut on how much we're paying for them kind of just bartering."

Next week Dade will hear ideas from commissioners on how to get out of the red. Commissioner Beatriz LeBron says officials will be making tough mission-driven decisions.

"I really want any decisions that we make to be looked at in the now and in the future," LeBron said. "What are the ripple effects and the impact of those decisions and I think that's something historically that the district perhaps not always has done a good job on."

Dade is expected to present a full report on the overspending on Nov. 12.


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