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Posted: April 12, 2017

Proposed school budget contains $17.9 M deficit

The $920 million spending plan proposed by Rochester City School District Superintendent Barbara Deane-Williams includes a $17.9 million deficit for the 2017-18 school year.

The superintendent presented her draft budget on March 21.

According to the proposal at http://bit.ly/2nREtL2, Deane-Williams reduced a $54 million projected funding gap through operational efficiencies, a request for more Foundation Aid from New York state and cuts in school health services.

Increased expenditures in the budget provide for the hiring of more than 100 certified math and reading teachers, an expansion of instruction for English language learners, and additional summer learning, early education, and Advanced Placement and pre-college programs.

Student enrollment remained stable for the first time since 2011 when it began to drop as families shifted to charter schools or other districts, according to school officials.

The district will continue a series of budget meetings in April with expected adoption of the budget in May.

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