Monroe County Schools get money from state | News
The budget passed after midnight Wednesday night, and now we know exactly how much money will be restored for school districts in Monroe County. Combined, Monroe County schools will receive $12.3 million more than what Governor Cuomo originally proposed. More than $3 million of that goes to Rochester City Schools. Greece will get $1.8 million, and most other districts will get between two and five hundred thousand.
But is that enough to make a difference? Some local administrators say yes. The good news is that this money will definitely save some jobs. Union leaders say it could save 120 teachers. But those decisions are up to the school boards, and obviously, the money won't stop all the layoffs.
"Thats a lot of money! $12 million is a lot of money. That's a lot of teachers-- that's about 120 teachers," says Adam Urbanski, President of the Rochester Teachers Association.
But Urbanski's district only gets $3 million of that. And with a projected $80 million dollar deficit, Superintendent Jean-Claude Brizard is proposing nine hundred layoffs, many of them teachers.
But at least now districts have the information they need to plan their budgets.