Potential Layoffs Loom In Ogdensburg School District

Potential Layoffs Loom In Ogdensburg School District

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There are potential layoffs looming in the Ogdensburg City School District.

Officials with the Ogdensburg Education Association notified its union members in an email that the school district has proposed 8 potential layoffs.

"From my understanding, potential cuts have been proposed in all units, not just members of the Ogdensburg Education Association," said the email from union head Bob Ladouceur. 

According to the union, the affected positions will be listed on the school website before the next school board meeting on March 18.

Officials also said 7 positions are being lost through attrition as people retire.

The potential layoffs will be discussed at March 18 and March 28 school board meetings, the union said.

"I will be in attendance to speak about the impact those will have on our students and the entire school. I encourage you to attend, to speak, if you choose and to support our sisters and brothers that are being directly affected by them," Ladouceur's email said. 

7 News reached out to district Superintendent Kevin Kendall, who would neither confirm nor deny information about layoffs.

He emailed us the following statement:

"Over the course of the last two weeks, the administrative team has been working to close a $4.4 million gap in the 2019-2020 budget.  The Board of Education has directed the administrative team to review the budget, looking at all areas of operation across the district.  We will be providing the Board of Education with our recommendations." 

In the email sent to union members, Ladouceur said he has requested financial data from the district via the Freedom of Information Act. 

"Because of the deficit, I have asked that NYSUT (New York State United Teachers) analyze the information obtained from the district to give us a better explanation of why we are in our current situation," he wrote.

The union said the state still has yet to address the problems regarding the foundation aid formula and the tax cap, both of which affect the amount of money we receive from the state. 

"They reminded me that the final budget from the state has not been decided and has, in the past, gone up from the initial proposed budget from the governor, which could save jobs already discussed as a potential cut," Ladouceur wrote.

At our general meeting on Thursday, there will be information on how you can reach out to our representatives and the governor's office. 

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