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Syracuse School budget request to cover hires from COVID relief funds.

A woman in a light blue pantsuit speaks to a group of 4th graders in a school library.
Darren McGee/ Office of Governor
Gov. Hochul speaks to 4th graders at an elementary school earlier this year.

The Syracuse City School District is requesting approximately $575 million for the next school year, a 50 million dollar increase from the current budget.

CNY Central is reporting $25 million will be used to retain 225 full-time employees hired under COVID relief funding.

While suburban districts, such as Jamesville-DeWitt face staff cuts, Syracuse schools anticipate an increase of over 20 million dollars in state aid, with property tax revenue remaining stable at an estimated $67.9 million.

Syracuse Common Councilors raised security concerns following the assault of a teacher at Lincoln Moddle School, prompting budgetary increases to hire special police officers for elementary and middle schools.