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School board reinstates some laid-off workers

Buffalo Board of Education meeting to reinstate some laid off workers
WBFO News photo by Ashley Hassett
Buffalo Board of Education meeting to reinstate some laid off workers

By Ashley Hassett

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Buffalo, NY – The Buffalo School Board held a special meeting Monday night to find ways to reinstate laid off teachers and aides.

Board members voted unanimously to use the district's $1.2 million contingency fund to prevent the announced layoffs from taking effect this Wednesday.

As of now, it is unknown how the money will be distributed among the teachers and aides.

School Board President Louis Petrucci said the board can't hire all of the teachers back, because they are unsure of how many teachers and aides they will need for the school year.

"Right now, it is a dance between the anticipated drop in enrollment, but we are also anticipating a lot of ELA students, English Language Learners that are going to come into the district also, So trying to balance those two to try to come up with a formula. So we really won't have a definitive number with respect to attendance until sometime in September," said Petrucci.

President of the Buffalo Teachers Federation, Phil Rumore, said once the teachers are hired back they should not have to face a possible lay-off again. Rumore said there are funds the board is not utilizing.

"But they don't have to lay them off. If they bring them back they can reduce class sizes they can provide extra help for kids. We don't have enough teachers now, so we have an extra math teacher to give kids help with Math. So you have an extra K-six teacher to cut down on class sizes, what's wrong with that?", said Rumore

Rumore saif the school board should come up with a way to rehire all the teachers.

The board will hold a meeting this Wednesday to vote on how to distribute funding between teachers and aides.