Albany schools discuss cutting jobs, school programs
By: Jamie Ratliff
ALBANY, N.Y. - The trimming
for The City School District of Albany must continue for another year. School
officials say 75 jobs are on the line along with school programs.
Year after year
The City School District of Albany fears the trims they must make to keep their
classes running cut closer and closer to the students.
at music and art and sports, and it could go all the way down to some of the AP
programs that this community values," said Ron Lesko, spokesperson for The City
School District of Albany.
At a meeting
Tuesday night the board of education addressed their several million dollar
shortfall for the 2013-2014 school year and who or what has to go to make ends
"We need the
state to take a serious look at how they're funding public education, otherwise
we're not going to be able to sustain programs our students need and deserve,"
looking at eliminating 75 jobs, structural changes to the classroom may have to
occur, going from nine periods to eight, and some athletics and electives may
have to go.
At the meeting
it was addressed that salaries, health insurance, and pensions make up
approximately 70% of all expenses in public school districts in the
For many in
attendance they felt the blame for the school's purse strings tightening fell
solidly on the shoulders of the governor.
already been cutting so long. What else can they cut? The governor won't listen
that our schools need to be funded properly," said attendee Janine
mother of three, said her family decided to settle in Albany because of the
great things she'd heard about the area's schools. But sitting down at the
meeting, she wondered if they had made the right choice.
"Do we need to
start looking to move to another state where they are going to fund education?"
the greatest fear for school officials is that in hindisght the 2013-2014 budget
year may seem like a simple stroll.
"This is the
most difficult budget conversation this school district has ever had, and we
know next year is going to be significantly worse," said Lesko.
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