Utica (WSYR-TV) -- The Utica City School District could be losing 88 staff positions in the upcoming school year.
Superintendent Bruce Karam presented his proposed 2013-14 budget that includes a nearly $6-million budget gap.
Karam says it’s another tough year with the school district dealing with proposed job cuts. Out of the 88 positions in jeopardy, 54 of them are teaching positions.
Some of the other positions on the chopping block include:
- 4.5 administrative positions
- 11 teaching assistant positions
- 12.5 clerical and technology positions
- And six custodial and trade positions
Karam says fewer teachers means the schools will be seeing larger class sizes with the proposed cuts. He says the reason for the gap in the budget is because the district isn’t getting proper funding by the state.
As for the revenue problem, Karam says the charter school being approved is going to take another $1.8-million from the district the first year it’s up and running.
Karam does say that those in charge of the charter school have told them that they do plan on having around 176 students.
As far as taxes go, there is a proposed two percent increase in the budget.