Central Islip facing possible teacher layoffs
The Central Islip school board announced possible teacher layoffs and program cuts at a Tuesday night budget meeting.
Parents and students were devastated to hear 111 teaching and support staff jobs are in jeopardy. Additionally, the music department, alternative school, pre-kindergarten and sports program could face cuts.
According to Superintendent Craig Carr, a cut in state aid adds up to a projected shortfall of about $10 million.
Parents say the program eliminations will make their children vulnerable to escalating gang violence in the area.
A final version of the budget will be presented for residents' consideration May 18.