N.Y. to Wyandanch schools: Fix your deficit or face cuts

The New York State Education Department issued the Wyandanch Union Free School District an ultimatum Tuesday: Show us how you plan to fix your financial problems in 60 days or face cuts. The school district

News 12 Staff

Sep 16, 2008, 11:38 PM

Updated 5,778 days ago

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The New York State Education Department issued the Wyandanch Union Free School District an ultimatum Tuesday: Show us how you plan to fix your financial problems in 60 days or face cuts.
The school district has been operating on a deficit for more than a year and expects a $4 million shortfall by the end of the year.
Board of Regents member Roger Tilles says the large deficit was no accident. "Wyandanch built in a structural deficit to their budget and if they did that knowingly, which is what it appears to be, than they broke the law,? he says.
District officials say the schools are in the red, but to the benefit of their students. They credit the hiring of more teachers and therefore higher testing scores with the removal of Milton Olive Elementary from state?s list of lowest-performing schools.
However, parents say there has to be a better way to improve the schools.


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