CENTRAL ISLIP - The Central Islip community is reeling from the news that the local school district is laying off more than 150 teachers due to Gov. Andrew Cuomo's (D-N.Y.) proposed cuts to education spending.
Music teacher Julie Valverde was issued a pink slip by the Central Islip School District yesterday. She is among 154 teachers who were told they will be out of work come June 30.
Under Cuomo's budget, the Central Islip School District is expected to lose $5.7 million in state aid. Along with the layoffs, school officials say they may have to eliminate all sports, after-school programs, and even kindergarten.
"I think this is really bad for our kids," says parent Marco Mena. "It's not going to help us to keep them off the streets."
In a statement to News 12 Long Island, School Board President Fred Phillips said "the people who dole out the school aid never take into consideration the low-wealth, high-taxed school district...the burden falls on the taxpayer."