ROCHESTER, N.Y. — The head of the Rochester Teachers Association is urging the Rochester Board of Education to vote against a recommendation to lay off more than 200 non-teaching employees of the Rochester City School District.
Adam Urbanski says the district rejected a plan from the Board of Education Non-Teaching Employees (BENTE) that would allow non-teaching workers to remain employed by helping with student home food deliveries.
He also tells Spectrum News that it's premature for districts to start laying off workers now as the state will wait until after the November election to decide whether it will have to cut spending.
He also says BENTE members are some of the hardest working and lowest paid employees of the Rochester City School District.
Urbanski said in a statement that "to punish them for the District’s own mismanagement of the budget is patently unfair. On September 24th, please vote “NO” on these proposed cuts and retain the essential BENTE workers who know our community so well and whose services to our students and their families are needed now more than ever."