Jonathan GordonApr 11, 2018, 12:09 pmApr 11, 2018, 6:37 pm

Yonkers schools considers layoffs of more than 200 to close $48M budget gap

Officials say district does not have the funds to cover $604M spending plan

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YONKERS — More than 200 workers in Yonkers Public Schools, including nearly 80 teachers, 10 administrators, more than 100 civil service employees, and two Teamsters’ union members could be out of a job soon, according to school officials.

In addition to staff cuts, Superintendent Edwin Quezada suggests the district use up its entire rainy day fund of $24 million to ease the spending woes. He says the district is in dire financial straits and tough decisions need to be made.

Other cuts are expected, some of which include various sports programs. Officials stress the budget is still a work-in-progress, but the district does not have the money to cover the entire $604 million spending plan.

Layoffs are not a new idea in Yonkers. Just last week, Mayor Mike Spano said he would include about 200 layoffs of city workers in his budget presentation. Spano's plan includes a 2 percent tax increase that will cost the typical homeowner about $100 more per year.

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