Rochester schools Superintendent Bolgen Vargas will present a final draft of his $728 million budget for next year to board members. The budget adds 10 new reading teachers specifically for students in grades K-3, according to a background document provided by the district.
Vargas plans to move forward with longer school days in up to 10 schools next year. All City High and Northeast College Prep already offer students longer days. And he plans to increase the number of athletic programs available to students, which will increase the number of students who can participate in sports.
Though the number of classroom teachers will increase, total teaching positions will decrease. And so will non-teaching positions. "Few layoffs will be required," according to the document provided by the district.
Vargas will hold a public meeting on the budget on Tuesday, March 26, at central office at 131 West Broad Street, at 5:30 p.m.