Yonkers schools facing massive cutbacks
During a public meeting last night, Yonkers School Superintendent Bernard Pierorazio laid out the plan for the coming school year, which includes 300 teacher layoffs, reduced busing and fewer guidance counselors. As part of the plan, fewer electives will be offered to high school students, and all sports will be eliminated. Yonkers' younger kids will also be impacted by the cuts, as the district will be providing only half-day pre-K programs. However, there is also good news. As part of the district's plan, full-day kindergarten will be restored. To deal with the lack of space in existing classrooms, the district will lease a parochial school to accommodate 334 students. That will cost the city $1.8 million, less than half of which will be reimbursed by the state. Yonkers parents and Pierorazio plan to increase the pressure on state lawmakers to give more money to the schools.
Yonkers school leaders hold public budget forum