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RCSD to get $35M in lottery 'spin-up' funding from state

Jennifer Lewke
Created: April 01, 2020 07:25 PM

ROCHESTER, N.Y. (WHEC) — The budget has not yet been voted on but the bills are being printed as we speak and I'm told there is a three-way agreement on a deal to help close the Rochester City School District's budget gap.

RCSD will get $35 million in lottery "spin-up" funding, which is essentially an advance on what they would get in increases over the next few years.  

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That money should cover the immediate needs for the district to remain solvent.  

But, there's a condition on the cash.

RCSD will have to open its books to a fiscal and educational monitor from the state department of education.

A short time ago, I spoke with assemblyman Harry Bronson who has been in Albany negotiating this deal.

Harry Bronson (D, Rochester): “We will maintain local control but that monitor will be working with the district and will be a liaison with the state education department to make sure that we provide the quality of education our children deserve and the monitor will be in place for three years versus the one year the governor had proposed.”

Jennifer Lewke, News10NBC: “Are you confident that this will be the step that the district needs to move forward in a better, more fiscally responsible manner?”

Bronson: “It's the first step, or another step if you will, I think that all of us in the community not only elected officials but non-profit and others in the community need to partner with the school district and with the superintendent and work toward better performance.”

We just got a statement from RCSD Superintendent Terry Dade and School Board President Van White that reads:

“We all understand these are tough fiscal times, but this big yes from the governor and state lawmakers, and the addition of a monitor, will go a long way to begin our fiscal stability moving forward.”

The school district says it will have more to say about this money and the plan moving forward when the budget is final.


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