Ogdensburg School District Considers Cutting 26 Jobs

Ogdensburg School District Considers Cutting 26 Jobs

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A multimillion dollar budget gap at Ogdensburg Free Academy has school officials considering cutting 26 jobs.  

Of that, 15 teaching positions would be eliminated. Four teacher assistant jobs would be gone. And the jobs of seven other staff members would be eliminated. Some of this would be done through retirements. But there would be actual layoffs as well.

It would mean cutting many advanced classes, including AP college credit ones. There would be only one librarian for the entire school district. Bigger class sizes concern parents.

“I feel like it would definitely be a bad thing...That could distract from one-on-one time with the teachers. Some kids need that. It would be hard for teachers with such a big class,” said Alisha Trickey, Ogdensburg parent.

School officials say the problem is a budget shortfall of $4.4 million. The school district's fund balance has been used to preserve jobs in the past. But now it's dwindling. Elementary summer school also could be cut.

“For children that need help it's important for them to be able to have that extra time to get back up to pace with the rest of the kids,” said Trickey.

It's not only programs during the school day that would be eliminated. 

JV sports are on the chopping block as well. Ninth graders would be able to go out for modified and those in 10th grade for varsity sports. 

Details on all of this and more will emerge at school board meetings. 

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