155 employees will not be returning to work after the holiday break; 109 are teachers.
The Rochester City School District Board of Education approved a plan late Thursday night to eliminate 155 positions within the district.
Superintendent Terry Dade had proposed 287 total layoffs in November, but those numbers were reduced on Thursday to 155 total layoffs, 109 of which are teaching positions.
Parents, students, and teachers spoke at the meeting Thursday night, urging the board to vote no.
"Please don't cut our teachers," student Anjaela King said.
That plea was repeated throughout the intense and emotional gathering, which lasted until after midnight. People packed into the meeting room or stood in the hallway and listened.
"Don't let them bully us," parent Mary Callahan said. "Don't let them keep telling us they don't have it when the truth is that Cuomo just doesn't prioritize education fight harder."
"I ask you, I beg of you, the world is watching you," parent Ivy Colon said, receiving applause from the crowd. "Please, vote no."
At one point Commissioner Beatrice LeBron called for the criminal prosecution of the former superintendent. During the commissioners’ comments, there were outbursts, and Board President Van White called for a private session.
People asked the board to postpone the cuts, and instead lobby the state for more money. However, Dade says if the district does nothing, the district may not be able to meet payroll by May and will be more than $64 million in the red by June.
The 155 employees will not be returning to work after the holiday break.