School budget in Yonkers put on hold

(07/16/03) YONKERS - Budget cuts are threatening to impact the Yonkers School District. A plan from the superintendent to close a $20.4 million gap includes laying off teachers and security officers. But on Wednesday, the school board unamiously decided to "keep the budget with the superintendent, and will continue to pursue all avenues of funding for the children of Yonkers."

If no alternate avenues of funding are found, the district will have to lay off 370 people, including 91 teachers and 92 security officers.

Several parents at Wednesday night's board meeting requested that the board postpone any action until all possible sources of revenue were tapped.

The city of Yonkers has consistently complained that it does not get as much state aid for education as other cities in New York. That has led to political allegations back and forth between the current city office holders and those running to take their places. Parents at the meeting pleaded for the politics of the November elections to be taken out of the budget mix.

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