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RTA and Superintendent Terry Dade working on concessions to reduce layoffs

WHECTV
Updated: December 13, 2019 05:28 PM
Created: December 13, 2019 04:50 PM

ROCHESTER, N.Y. (WHEC) — The Rochester Teachers Association and Superintendent Terry Dade are trying to find common ground to avoid or reduce the number of teachers that may be laid off next week.

152 teachers received a notice last week that they may be laid off in the middle of the school year because if nothing is done, the district’s debt will reach almost $65 million.

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Dade says the RTA approached him and said they may be willing to make some concessions if it could mean saving jobs.

Now, RTA and RCSD are trying to agree on those concessions.

The board is set to vote on the layoffs on Thursday.

Since the layoff notices were sent, students, administrators and fellow teachers have rallied against the layoffs.

RTA says cutting teachers right before Christmas and in the middle of the year will be disruptive and difficult for the students.

Dade says he hears their concerns, but the district has to get itself out of a $60 million hole.

“I hear the heart-wrenching stories and I also feel it to my core both as a previous teacher, an administrator and a dad myself,” Dade said.

“I know the impact that these cuts can have on classrooms and at the end of the day, we are not allowed to overspend our budget. It's education law that we remain within the budget that's been allocated so these are the tough decisions that lie ahead of us.”

Dade didn’t elaborate on what specific concessions RTA may be willing to make, and there’s no guarantee that layoffs won’t occur at the end of the school year.

RTA is set to meet with the district again on Monday.


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