COVID-19 outbreak has dozens of teachers facing layoffs in Pine Bush

The coronavirus pandemic has dozens of teachers facing layoffs in one of Orange County's largest school districts.

News 12 Staff

Sep 10, 2020, 9:20 PM

Updated 1,345 days ago

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The coronavirus pandemic has dozens of teachers facing layoffs in one of Orange County's largest school districts.
Pine Bush school officials say the district is facing a $12 million budget gap, and that they've already laid off some security staff and aides.
District officials say this is all because of a 20% decrease in state aid due to the pandemic.
They say teachers and monitors were given 30-day notices this week, after returning to school on a virtual schedule.
The district plans on switching to a hybrid model in October.
So far, it's not clear how many jobs could be on the chopping block.
Superintendent Tim Mains says the decision will depend on whether school continues to reopen as planned.
"It's a big deal for all of us. And I think people are beginning to look at and scramble - how do we adjust? We at least on our side didn't feel that we could wait much longer and cross our fingers and hope that we're going to get rescued by the federal government because we don't know what's happening in Washington," says Mains.
Mains went on to say a proposed $3 trillion federal relief package may eventually help struggling schools, like Pine Bush, but for now the state already cut funding in their first payment of the school year two weeks ago.
District officials say the proposed cuts are currently under review and that more information will be released within the next few days.
News 12's efforts to reach the teachers union were unsuccessful.


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