District closes projected budget gap

ROCHESTER — The Rochester City School District’s board of education unanimously adopted an $865 million budget for the 2016-17 school year.

The board voted May 10 to adopt the spending plan, which maintains current programs and services for grades K-12 while expanding preschool opportunities for children ages 3 and 4, according to information at www.rcsdk12.org.

The budget also includes improving student support services through "help zone" rooms in 13 additional buildings as well as an alternative program to help freshmen fulfill graduation requirements.

A projected $40 million budget gap was closed through cost savings in transportation contracts, reducing nonessential staff positions, and decreasing administrative and central office expenses, as well as through an expected increase in state aid allocations.

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