Buffalo Schools Prevent Some Layoffs

August 29, 2011 Updated Aug 29, 2011 at 11:33 PM EDT

By John Borsa

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August 29, 2011 Updated Aug 29, 2011 at 11:33 PM EDT

BUFFALO, NY (WKBW) - The Buffalo Board of Education voted on Monday to stop the layoffs of teachers and teacher aides who have been wondering for nearly a month if they would still have jobs when school starts next week.

The board approved the use of $1.2 million in contingency funds, already in the budget, to rehire somewhere between 20-25 teachers.

"I don't have exact numbers we have to sit down tomorrow and basically go through and come back with a recommendation of how many teachers and how many teacher aides to bring back," said the district's chief financial officer, Barbara Smith.

Federal money will be used to prevent 60 of the 117 teachers from being cut.

The district also approved the use of $505,000 to rehire seven attendance teachers.