More than 200 Albany City School District staffers have lost their jobs due to anticipated school aid reductions.
With a 20 percent reduction in state aid for this school year looming, staffers let go Friday included 51 teachers.
Albany City Schools Superintendent Kaweeda Adams says the district has been hit hard by the coronavirus pandemic.
“For a district like ours, a 20 percent reduction in foundation aid would be about $16.5 million dollars. And so if that reduction is applied to all state aid, meaning, foundation aid, categorical building, transportation, etc. that also includes our community schools money, it appears that it would be about $23.2 million in our 2021 budget.”
Albany School Board President Anne Savage says Friday was many staffers’ last day.
“All of our staff is excellent and they are much, much needed by our students. Those folks were employed because they are needed. And starting today,