Yonkers mayor: More state funds needed to avoid cuts
While parents and teachers' union officials may be outraged over the proposed cuts coming to the Yonkers school district, Mayor Phil Amicone says that city's current budget is simply all they can afford without any extra help from the state.
Amicone released his budget plan last week, a plan that includes some 700 layoffs within the school district, more than 300 of them teachers. All bus monitors will be eliminated, along with some classroom aides, pre-K education and extracurricular activities (including sports) for both middle and high school students. Kindergarten is being reduced from a full to a half day, and busing will only be available for children who live at least two miles from their school.
Amicone says if the school district's unions come up with $20 million in concessions, there is a possibility that the city will be able to receive additional state funding.
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