Community outraged over cuts to Yonkers school district staff, programs

Parents, students and teachers are trying to cope with the fact that many will lose jobs, and programs will be cut.

At a Yonkers School District board meeting Monday night, district officials dropped a bomb on the community by announcing it was going to have to make $20 million in cuts to the budget. The budget cuts were approved by a 6 to 1 majority, and will leave hundreds of educators without jobs and students without extracurricular activities.

The district's original budget was $365 million, but when the city passed a spending plan of only $345 million that left the district short $20 million. Efforts to try and get more money from the state to fill the gap were unsuccessful.

So come December 1, $1.2 million will be cut from athletics, which will end all varsity sports programs. Two million dollars will be cut from art programs and $2.4 million will be axed from the music curriculum. In addition, $1 million will be slashed from school security, which will eliminate almost all of the guards in the district's middle and high schools. Between the cuts in courses and security, around 500 people will lose their jobs. The district is also closing the Mark Twain Pool, which hosted several recent swim meets.

The challenges now facing principals in the district will be how to fill students' schedules since there will be no art, music, industrial arts etc.

Click here for more on how residents are dealing with news of the cuts.

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