School year begins on LI after major budget cuts

As Long Island students and teachers head back to class, they'll be facing the impact of unprecedented budget cuts following the loss of $200 million

AMITYVILLE - As Long Island students and teachers head back to class, they'll be facing the impact of unprecedented budget cuts following the loss of $200 million in state aid. In Amityville, Superintendent John Williams says anything that's not vital is getting postponed or cut. The school district has eliminated teachers, sports teams, field trips and its business program.In Brentwood, with 89 teaching jobs slashed, some parents are concerned that their kids would get less personal attention in the classroom.In Seaford, winter and spring sports were cut from the budget, forcing parents to mount a campaign to raise more than $140,000.With a 2-percent tax cap set to go into effect next year, school administrators say the future could be even bleaker. "There's no more fat in any school district's budget on Long Island," Williams says. "When we are cutting now, we are cutting into the bone, not to the bone."

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