Buffalo School Board Hoping to Re-Hire Teachers

August 18, 2011 Updated Aug 18, 2011 at 6:41 PM EDT

By Ed Reilly

August 18, 2011 Updated Aug 18, 2011 at 6:41 PM EDT

(Buffalo, N.Y.) With the start of school only a couple of weeks away, the Buffalo Board of Education is trying to find a way to re-hire over one hundred public school teachers that were recently laid off.

According to the school board, it would take approximately $5.8 million dollars to bring back the teachers.

School Board member, Ralph Hernandez, is recommending that the Board use money from the "Rainy Day - Reserve Fund."

But since the school year budget has already been approved by the Buffalo Control Board, re-allocating funds would require the Control Board's approval.

Member-at-Large, Chris Jacobs has another idea.

He would like to see the school district's unions make a concession with their health care coverage.

Jacobs says if the unions agree to drop the cosmetic surgery benefit from their coverage, it would save the district over $5 million dollars.

"We are not going to give it up just for nothing. They have the money," says Buffalo Teachers Federation President, Phil Rumore.

"They have a $800 million dollar budget. They have a $30 to $40 million dollar surplus. If they can't find $5 or $6 million dollars to keep these teachers, that is a choice they are making," adds Rumore.