Yonkers students graduate amid district's budget woes
Hundreds of students graduated from Lincoln High School in Yonkers over the weekend, despite problems facing the city's beleaguered school district. The district suffers from a $42 million budget gap. More than 400 teachers and nearly 300 additional school employees have been laid off, and busing will also be cut for more than half the district. All sports programs will also be eliminated next year. One parent, Erriton Fuller, says his son just graduated from Lincoln High School, and plans to attend college. However, he says his 16-year old daughter will have to deal with the staff and program cutbacks for another year. "I think we need to fire some of our politicians and put that money back into the school system," Fuller said. The Yonkers City Council adopted a budget with $5.9 million allotted for public schools. The money is expected to come from cuts to police and fire department overtime budgets, as well as slot machines at Yonkers Raceway.