SELDEN - Students packed a Middle Country School Board meeting tonight to voice anger over newly proposed budget cuts that would phase out French-learning classes.

According to Superintendent Roberta Gerold, the district is being forced to find ways to run with a $10 million reduction in state aid. Officials say that begins with the elimination of French classes at the middle school level.

Former French student Michele Sena is among the students leading the campaign against cuts. She says students enjoy learning French and taking away the classes would limit students' range.