BY TIM LOUIS MACALUSO
More than 50 Rochester school district teachers are receiving layoff notices beginning today. About 25 teach special education, and 14 are math teachers, says Rochester Teachers Association President Adam Urbanski.
Only weeks ago, Superintendent Bolgen Vargas said he planned to increase the teaching staff in the fall.
Urbanski says the layoffs are due to lower enrollment and school phase outs, which consolidates classrooms and programs.
“We can’t make any hard and fast guarantees, but most if not all of the teachers will be recalled by September,” he says. As retirement and resignations are announced, positions become available.
Urbanski also says he believes that Vargas will hire more music, art, and physical education teachers. Vargas announced as much earlier this spring.
Dan DiClemente, president of the Board of Education Non-Teaching Employees, says he expects cuts to his union members, too, but that it will be fewer than 10 employees.