Morning News Briefing
Written by Dan Fischer on April 30, 2020
Teachers and staff jobs eliminated in the Batavia City School District.
By a 4 to 1 vote this week, the board of education cut the positions to save about $1.5-million
Among the cuts: two district administrators, five reading teachers, five elementary teachers and 10 teachers’ aids – among others.
The plan would also alter the school days putting Batavia High School and middle school on a 7:30am to 2:15pm schedule, while John Kennedy and Jackson schools would move to a 9am to 3:15pm school days.
That plan still needs the OK of the teachers union.
A task force has been formed to l look into how to safely reopen schools in New York.
Students and faculty have been home for weeks after schools were shuttered in an effort to slow the spread of coronavirus.
The governor is expected to announce by tomorrow if schools will reopen this academic year.
Hospitals in Genesee, Orleans and Wyoming Counties have been given the OK to resume elective surgeries.
Those procedures are money-makers for hospitals.
The elective surgeries were halted due to the coronavirus pandemic.
Officials at U-R Medicine and Rochester Regional Health, which operates UMMC in Batavia, say they are ready to resume the procedures.
There has been no official statement yet as to when UMMC will resume the elective surgery.
The latest health department report for Genesee and Orleans Counties:
Just one new positive case of COVID-19 in Genesee County, a Batavia resident in their 20’s.
Four new cases in Orleans County – three of them at the Villages of Orleans nursing home in Albion – where 11 deaths have occurred.
One new case of coronavirus in Genesee County, a Batavia resident in their 20’s. One of the previous positive cases has recovered and removed from mandatory isolation. In Orleans County: four new positive cases, three of them from the Villages of Orleans nursing home in Albion.
There’s some more bad news when it comes to the spread of coronavirus in neighboring Erie County.
County Executive Mark Poloncarz says that the death toll due to the illness is now at 254.
Meanwhile, the number of hospitalizations due to the disease are at their highest level in several days.