Parents react to Buffalo School district layoffs

BUFFALO, N.Y. (WIVB) - The excitement of the upcoming school year was tempered Friday night for dozens of teachers and staff members who got the devastating news they’re being laid off.

Sixty-three Buffalo Public School District teachers got the news and some parents at Saturday morning’s bus open house heard the news for the first time.  School district officials sent out a notice listing the layoffs of teachers. In the notice the district calls the layoffs “right-sizing the teaching staff”.  They also say the change is happening because of the move of school #115 to Harvey Austin #97 and the elimination of the 9th grade at Bennett High School next year.

Some parents heard about the layoffs Saturday morning and many were worried about larger class sizes for their kids.

Heather Rodgers has a child going into kindergarten. “I think they should definitely downsize the classroom. They need more teachers, if there are too many children then how are they going to get the proper attention that they need?” Rodgets wondered.

Fellow parent Carolyn Edmonds agreed, “I’m worried because their education is so important. I want to make sure they have everybody there they need all the kids can have every teacher there they need the support as much as they can.”

Teachers that were laid off were the district’s newest hires and with the least seniority. Those teachers will be the first to be called on to fill in if additional or temporary teachers are needed.

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