Freeport residents protest mayor's school budget stance
Some Freeport residents protested against Mayor Andrew Hardwick Friday because they say he is trying to persuade them to vote down the school budget.
Freeport schools have already seen teacher layoffs and program eliminations and according to PTA President Ellen Frey, voting for the budget would help prevent further cuts.
However, Hardwick says rolling back the budget would keep the district from losing millions in state aid at a time when the school board wants to give big administrative raises.
Parents and school officials say they will continue to protest the mayor's stance until Tuesday's election.