BROOME COUNTY, N.Y. -- The Maine-Endwell School District is moving forward with mid-year staff reductions.
Thursday, the School Board approved a measure that cuts nine positions. Five cleaning positions were eliminated, as well as two lunchroom positions, a computer services coordinator and a maintenance position.
The layoffs are effective immediately and were imposed to help the district deal with a $3.8 million budget deficit.
The board still has a lot of work to do to get out of the red and as next year's budget process moves forward, more cuts to staff and programs are likely.
"Are we going to lose a lot of the extras that Maine-Endwell has allowed to offer? Yes. In the end, though, we still have a responsibility to give them the best program. Things will turn around, we are not in the mindset that this is a catastrophic black hole that we're never going to pull ourselves out of," said Superintendent Jason Van Fossen.
M-E's school board has two proposals on the table for the 2013-2014 school year, each of which would save more than $4.1 million.