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Trumansburg schools face layoffs as enrollment falls, state aid dwindles

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The Trumansburg Central School District is facing potential layoffs for several teachers due to a significant decline in student numbers, triggering budget cuts and a loss in state funding. The Board of Education postponed the decision on layoffs until April 16, after initially planning to vote in March.


Positions at risk include a Library Media Specialist, a World Languages Teacher, and three Elementary Education Teachers, alongside two special education teacher positions, chosen based on their lesser seniority. The district’s budget presentation revealed a troubling financial forecast, with a 10% decrease in student enrollment from the 2019-20 school year to the 2024-25 school year, equating to an entire grade level’s drop, according to the Ithaca Times.

The Times reports the budget would need to increase by $2.1 million to maintain current positions and programming, but state funding, particularly foundation aid, is expected to decline by 4.83%. Efforts to mitigate the situation include a proposed $1.6 million in expenditure reductions and increased use of reserve funds, though this is seen as a temporary fix.