School budget crisis means no bands in Yonkers Columbus Day parade
Due to the district's budget crisis, no marching band from Yonkers High School will be marching in the city's annual Columbus Day Parade this Sunday. Some say a dispute with the teacher's union is also to blame for no band in the parade.
The budget crisis means teachers aren't being paid for any extra-curricular activities, including yearbook, the school paper and marching band. But some say the teachers' union is also urging its members to not volunteer for any of these activities if it means no compensation. The union says it hasn't told anyone to not march; rather, it advised teachers if they don't get paid this year, it more than likely will happen again next year. The head of the teachers' union says whenever there's money problems in the district, the teachers get unfairly blamed.
Marching band members and the parade committee say they are upset with the news. The parade committee did try meeting with city leaders to find a solution, but none has been found so far.