The superintendent informing the School Board on Tuesday that the district is facing an $812,000 budget deficit and that he's proposing cutting almost 30 positions- 29.05, to be exact.
For a second year in a row, the Fairport Central School District may be cutting teachers to balance its budget. The superintendent informing the School Board on Tuesday that the district is facing an $812,000 budget deficit and that he's proposing cutting almost 30 positions- 29.05, to be exact.
The report before the board was one that superintendent Brett Provenzano characterized as challenging to give, although he did note that the spending plan would not change the experience parents and students have come to expect from the district.
"Today is a sad day," he said, "It's a sad day for staff who have been impacted by our budget."
To close the shortfall, he's recommending that 16 of those positions would be teaching positions. It would also include some teaching assistants and teachers aids and clerical staff. Provenzano says once the district finds out its state allocation and look at retirements and other factors, it could possibly restore 12 of those positions.
Last year, the superintendent proposed a total of 38 cuts. Why the deficit for a second year? Provenzano blames a declining enrollment, but he says students are coming to the district with greater social and emotional needs.
"Students are coming to us with adverse childhood experiences, interrupted education experiences. Not being able to speak and be literate in their native languages," he says. "That's no different than what is happening in neighboring districts. We're obligated and honored to serve them."
Nate Ruder, a teacher at the district, believes it all could have been avoided.
"As we make a hard landing it's hard to think some course corrections couldn't have prevented this. Why are we so paralyzed to make change? Why are we so quick to discount it's that come from outside the Fairport community? It's time to insist what has led us here."
The board will vote on the budget next month, voters will cast their ballot on May 17. According to the Monroe County School Boards Association, Fairport has lost nearly 1000 students since 2010. At the same time, other districts such as East Rochester, Pittsford and Penfield have maintained their enrollments, while Brighton has seen an increase in enrollment over that same time.