The city’s school district may lose $16.4 million in state education funding because of the fiscal crisis produced by the coronavirus pandemic.
After Paterson school officials ordered maintenance and custodial workers to report to work to allegedly perform non-essential duties in late April, three of them tested positive for the new coronavirus.
Forty-seven teachers have been sent layoff notices this month, school officials said this week. Layoff of non-tenured teachers are spread across 43 elementary and high schools in Paterson.
School board members have approved a measure to increase the district’s general counsel Robert Murray’s $265,000 contract by $29,500.
After years of non-stop increase, Paterson high school graduation rate has been declining over the past two academic years.
The school board approved a $618.55 million budget on Thursday evening that raises school taxes by 15 percent.
Students at the Paterson school district registered a “dismal” performance in the state’s science exams last spring.