With Baltimore city schools facing a $130 million shortfall-- roughly 10 percent of the annual budget—schools CEO Sonja Santelises has warned of painful cuts, including teacher layoffs.
Some of the specifics are beginning to take shape as school principals received their budgets last week.
Job Grotsky, the principal at Mount Royal Elementary in Bolton Hill says next year’s budget is significantly smaller than in the past. He’s probably going to lay off nine people, some of them teachers.
“As a result we basically have to build the school from the ground up,” he said.