Protesters take to Yonkers City Hall despite word school layoffs are on hold
The 500 layoff notices set to be handed out to Yonkers School District workers have been put on hold.
The district's central office sent a one-sentence notice to all of the school's principals saying, "principals, everything is on hold regarding the layoffs." The news comes just four days after the Yonkers school board announced that there would be massive layoffs and cuts to extra-curricular activities, music and art programs, industrial arts and school security. The cuts are part of an effort to close a $20 million shortfall in the district's budget.
Mayor John Spencer (R-Yonkers) is now working with city leaders, the state delegation and governor's office to find a way to prevent the layoffs and cuts. Spencer told News 12 Westchester that there is a ray of hope.
Meanwhile, hundreds of students across Yonkers walked out of school and converged at Yonkers City Hall. The students voiced their opinions about losing teachers, security guards and many of the programs they love. School officials have warned students that leaving school may result in suspension.
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