LIPC Protests Gov. Paterson's budget cuts


Wyandanch calls proposed state aid cuts devastating

January 20, 2010

Students and staffers in the beleaguered Wyandanch school district rallied Wednesday morning against proposed cuts in state aid, warning they would force their system to lay off teachers and eliminate Advanced Placement courses, sports teams and bus rides.

“It looks like it’s going to be devastating,” said Denise Gibbs, an assistant superintendent in the 2,000-student system. She appeared along with two dozen others at a rally and news conference organized to protest Gov. David A. Paterson’s proposed school-aid reductions.

Unlike many school districts, Wyandanch has little in the way of “rainy day” funds to hedge against losses of state aid. That’s because the district ran up a budget deficit last year, and was forced to lay off workers simply to plug the fiscal hole.

Wednesday, Paterson called for $1.1 billion in school-aid reductions statewide, including about $1 million in Wyandanch. The governor contends such cuts are essential to help the state eliminate its own deficit projected at $7.4 billion.
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