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Rochester School Board votes to pass budget, close 5 schools

WHECTV
Updated: May 07, 2020 11:08 PM
Created: May 07, 2020 07:33 PM

ROCHESTER, N.Y. (WHEC) — The Rochester Board of Education voted to pass the 2020-21 budget, which includes closing five schools.

The vote was nearly unanimous with only Commissioner Beatriz LeBron voting no.

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Thursday night’s meeting over Zoom did not include any information about Lesli Myers-Small, who has been selected as the new superintendent according to several sources.

The school board previously proposed changes to Superintendent Terry Dade’s proposed budget, including saving 20 of the 32 social workers that Dade proposed laying off, using grant money meant for seven instructional coaches, who will have to go.

There are $3.3 million in cuts to the central office, there will only be one new pre-k center instead of two.

Schools 3, 44, 57, 20 and 43 are also slated to close.

"There is great pain in this budget," Board President Van White said. "Five schools will close as a result of a loss of real revenue. This is a real loss for our children and our families. we, the board of education and the leaders at 131 West Broad Street understand that that is going to be very painful."

White also says they are keeping track of the money the district is saving during the pandemic. 


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