Buffalo Schools Send Out Layoff Notices

August 1, 2011 Updated Aug 1, 2011 at 6:52 PM EDT

By Kyla Igoe

August 1, 2011 Updated Aug 1, 2011 at 6:52 PM EDT

Buffalo, NY (WKBW) - Hundreds of Buffalo Public School Teachers, Teacher Aides, and Assistants have received termination letters in the mail. The school district says the cuts are necessary because of a lack of federal and state aid. The decision is part of the adopted budget, but the teachers union hopes the board of education reconsiders.

"The superintendent has always made the statement that cuts are going to be furthest from the classroom," said Buffalo Teachers Federation President Phil Rumore. "But I think he's lost his sense of direction because this is directly in the classroom."

In total, 104 teachers and 150 teacher aides and assistants were notified they would no longer have a position within the Buffalo Public School System starting in the fall. The layoffs were based on seniority.

"We don't want to layoff anyone, but it's better than what other school districts are having to do," said Superintendent Dr. James Williams.

The layoffs are part of the adopted general fund budget that was approved by the Buffalo Board of Education back in May for $756 million for the 2011-2012 school year. The Buffalo School Board President says there is still a chance some of the positions will be reinstated dependent on retirements and school enrollment.

"If we do have an increase in school enrollment, in some cases we might be able to get some of these positions back. But in no way should this be construed that all the positions will be restored," said Buffalo School Board President Lou Petrucci.

The district will resume classes on September 7th.