Yonkers PTA to hold news conference hoping to resolve school budget crisis

(11/23/03) YONKERS - Yonkers city officials worked all weekend to resolve the $20 million gap in the school budget. In the meantime, a group of concerned parents are doing what they can to help.

Members of the Yonkers Council PTA are trying to get all concerned parents together for a news conference on Monday, hoping for a long-term solution to the school budget crisis.

PTA members canceled a rally set for Monday and instead planned a news conference. The PTA news conference will be held Monday at 4:00 p.m. at Yonkers High School.

Last week, Yonkers city schools were depending upon last-minute money coming from New York State Board of Education funds to close to the school budget gap. Since that money never came, Yonkers school superintendent Angelo Petrone was planning to slash 502 jobs, extra curricular activities, sports, arts and music programs. Last Friday, students took matters into their own hands by leaving their classrooms and marching to the steps of city hall in protest of the cuts.

Yonkers Mayor John Spencer put a hold on the 502 pink slips that were going to be handed out to school workers last Friday. He promised to work all weekend to solve the budget gap.

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