ECSD still hopes to save jobs
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ELMIRA, N.Y. -- As the Elmira City School District prepares for a second vote on its proposed 2012-2013 budget, the district is still hoping to save some jobs.
The final budget total is more than $113 million with a 2.61 percent tax levy increase.
Both the administrators group as well as the cafeteria and maintenance group have made concessions during the budget process, but the district is still scheduled to cut 126 positions. However, the superintendent is hoping the teacher's union, the biggest union in the district, will make some sacrifices.
"I have said this now for about 16 months, dating back to last year, that every single dollar or penny that a union comes forward with in terms of concessions, salary freeze, controlling fixed costs for next year, we will use those dollars to maintain or restore positions," Superintendent Joe Hochreiter said.
The superintendent says while it is not necessary, he would like concessions to be made before the June 19th budget vote.