Gloversville school officials said 34 teachers and 17 other staff members were formally notified Wednesday that their jobs may be eliminated in the effort to balance the 2009-10 budget and deliver a tax increase of less than 3 percent.
Officials said the cuts are calculated to remove about $2.4 million from a tentative $52.9 million budget.
As part of the plan, the district will not fill seven positions held by teachers and administrators scheduled to retire June 30.
Of the total who received notification, officials said, there are 14 elementary-school teachers.
Superintendent Robert DeLilli did not return telephone calls Wednesday, but school board President Perry Paul said that more than 55 positions could be in jeopardy, depending on final state aid and stimulus funding determinations.
With the maximum contractual class size at 30 students, officials said that final job cut numbers will also depend on how many classes at each grade level will be required.
Paul emphasized that the staff cuts are projected and not certain.
Pat Donovan, president of the Gloversville Teachers Association, did not return a telephone call.
There are about 300 teachers in the district.
Officials said that a large number of the job cuts could have been eliminated if the GTA and other unions accepted a proposal to save $1.8 million by changing health insurance policies.
The cuts reduce a tentative $52.9 million budget to less than $51 million, although an exact figure could not be obtained Wednesday.
The current budget, a contingency version adopted by the board after the original proposal was rejected by voters, is $50.7 million. It raised the tax levy by 6.9 percent.
Paul lamented the potential impact of the staff cuts on the district.
“From an educational standpoint,” he said, “this will be detrimental.”
Another board member said that program cuts may also be necessary.