SCSD looks at 86 layoffs next year
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SYRACUSE, N.Y. -- The Syracuse City School District's board of education has approved additional layoffs for the coming school year.
At a meeting Tuesday night, the board agreed on the final numbers. In all, the district will lay off 86 people. But there will also be an additional loss of positions through retirements.
More than 170 people are slated to take the offered retirement incentive.
The district says its cash reserves are dangerously low and these cuts now will help prevent even more in the future. Representatives from the teacher's union spoke out against the layoffs and the district says they have every right to be upset.
"I agree with what the union rep said, they're right, they're absolutely right. We've made enough cuts and enough is enough. It really needs to come to the time for the state to step up and to send the funding to the districts that really need it. There is enough funding in the state for education, but it is not spread out equitably, especially for the children who need it most," said SCSD Chief Financial Officer Suzanne Slack.
The district's budget is part of the City of Syracuse's budget and must be approved by the common council and the mayor.