Yonkers BOE holds meeting regarding district jobs on the chopping block

Board members went into executive session for the majority of the roughly 30-minute meeting.

News 12 Staff

Aug 27, 2020, 12:19 AM

Updated 1,370 days ago

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Wednesday was a busy night for Yonkers Public Schools as a special meeting was held by the Yonkers Board of Education regarding district jobs on the chopping block.
Board members went into executive session for the majority of the roughly 30-minute meeting.
It resulted in a passed resolution: "Items 5.2 and 5.3 is a bottle spin of certified and non-certified positions and a bottle spin of furlough of non-certified personnel resolution."
This caused some confusion among teachers.
"There's a lack of communication from Central Office Administration, there's a lack of communication from the superintendent and Board of Trustees…We should not watch a Board of Ed meeting and not know exactly what's going on right it's a public meeting," said Samantha Rosado-Cirello, of the Yonkers Federation of Teachers Union.
News 12 reached out to the school about what exactly the resolution means for the district staff but hasn't heard back yet.
What is known is that the superintendent told the teacher's union president that more jobs are on the line.
"The superintendent has informed us that he will be cutting pre-K positions…8 pre-K positions, and that would result in possibly elementary school teachers," says Rosado-Cirello.
Earlier this month, New York announced it is withholding 20% of the state's share of education funding to local school districts.
Yonkers Public Schools is one of many districts at the forefront of the pandemic's economic effects - about 170 district jobs on the verge of elimination.
"Obviously everybody is very confused because we don't know specifically who has been laid off and school is right around the corner," says Rosado-Cirello.


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