Teachers cut to balance ECSD budget
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CHEMUNG COUNTY, N.Y. -- At the expense of more than 100 teachers' jobs, the Elmira City School Board was able to finally close its budget gap Wednesday night. Along with recommended cuts to the administration and athletics programs, the school board approved $5.9 million in program cuts.
Those cuts include 126 and a half teaching positions, with a majority of them coming at the elementary level. With the once $10 million budget gap now down to zero, the district can begin to look at new areas to reduce some of those cuts.
"There are two ways to bring back program. One is to increase the tax levy which essentially gives us more spending money or for unions to give contractual concessions which will allow us to restore program and positions," said Joe Hochreiter, ECSD Superintendent.
The board must finalize the district expenditures of more than $113 million and the tax levy of 2.61 percent by April 18th.