CENTRAL ISLIP - The Central Islip School District board voted Monday to raise taxes by nearly 7 percent, which could result in 85 layoffs and a sharp increase in class sizes.

Under the school district's proposed budget, 85 employees, most of them teachers, would get pink slips. The remaining teachers, however, are expected to get a raise.

In other districts, teachers have accepted wage freezes to head off job cuts. Parent Peter Napolitano can't understand why local teachers don't follow suit.

"If you care about the students, take a pay freeze for three or four years because the economy is bad," he says.

A teachers' union representative says they have offered millions of dollars in concessions, but their proposals were rejected by the district.

Residents will vote on the school board's budget in May.

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