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Superintendent's memo says massive layoffs 'not possible'

Buffalo School Superintendent James A. Williams told WGRZ-TV today (video below) that funding shortfalls facing the district -- resulting from state decisions affecting employee pensions and charter school funding, resulting in a projected $22.8 million gap -- could result in widespread layoffs.

Williams said the governor needs to call the Legislature back in session to address these issues that affect the district's revenues and expenditures.

A reporter asked him, "If it doesn't happen, what kind of layoffs are you looking at in this school year?"

The bottom line, Williams told her, is that "we're looking at pretty close to 900 individuals we would have to lay off." That would be about one in six district employees.

But Wednesday, in a memo to the Board of Education and the Western New York delegation to the State Legislature, Williams said quite clearly that was not going to happen.

He outlined four possible solutions to help close the shorftall. His exact words, in describing one of those options:

"For a half year, the position elimination would be 912, which is not possible, not recommended or being considered by the administration at this time."

 - Mary Pasciak

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WGRZ-TV video from what Williams told the station

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Denise Jewell Gee

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Denise Jewell Gee joined The Buffalo News in 2007 and currently covers education and suburban schools. She also writes a column for the City & Region section and previously covered government in Erie County and Niagara Falls. Gee graduated from Boston University with degrees in journalism and political science.

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Tiffany Lankes

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Tiffany Lankes joined The Buffalo News in 2013 and primarily covers the Buffalo Public Schools. She has written about education since 2003 at newspapers in Florida and New York. In 2008, she was a nominated finalist for The Pulitzer Prize. Lankes is an Amherst native and graduate of Sacred Heart Academy and Syracuse University. She started her journalism career writing for the News’ NeXt section.

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Sandra Tan

Sandra Tan

Sandra Tan has been a cityside reporter for The Buffalo News since 2000 and currently covers the Buffalo Public Schools beat. She previously covered the Williamsville school district and was a full-time education reporter for five years prior to joining The News. She graduated from the Columbia Graduate School of Journalism.

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Deidre Williams

Deidre Williams

Deidre Williams began working for The Buffalo News in 1999 and currently covers Buffalo Public Schools. She formerly was a suburban reporter on the Northtowns beat and has been a cityside reporter covering communities since 2004. Williams has a mass communications degree from Towson University.

@DeidreWilliamsB | dswilliams@buffnews.com

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