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Hundreds of people who work in the Yonkers School District could lose their jobs due to a budget deficit.
Superintendent Dr. Edwin Quezada is proposing a $628 million budget for the 2018-2019 school year, but the district is only expected to pull in $580 million in revenue, leaving a nearly $48 million gap in funding.
Quezada blames the state. To close the gap, he proposes emptying the district’s $24 million rainy day fund and cutting programs and 211 positions, including 16 middle school teachers and 56 teaching assistants.
Yonkers Federation of Teachers President Samantha Rosado-Ciriello says although Yonkers has the highest graduation rate out of the big five school districts in the state, she says cuts will hurt the progress they've made.
Dr. Quezada says he's waiting on the city to adopt its budget by June 1 before he can finalize the school district’s and determine what, if any, cuts will be made.
Last year, Yonkers Public Schools dipped into its rainy day fund, using $17 million to close the budget gap for this school year.