School budget approved in Yonkers

Many parents and employees attending tonight's Yonkers school budget meeting were shocked over the cuts being made to next year's budget.

The plan, which was approved at tonight's meeting, calls for the elimination of 708 positions, 322 of which would be teachers, ending pre-kindergarten, shortening kindergarten to half-days, cutting all sports and extracurricular activities, and drastically reducing bus service.

Officials say they needed to make the $40 million in cuts to balance the budget after a reduction in state aid.

"It's extremely devastating," said Yonkers Superintendent Barnard Pierorazio. "We need to reach out to the politicians both at the city and state level to make sure they know the devastation that's occurring here in Yonkers."

Many parents said that they are unsure what it will be like for their children to attend Yonkers schools next year.

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