Major Layoffs at Amityville School District Announced

By: Miya Jones
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The Amityville school district announced that a high number of employees are set to be laid off in June.

A community letter posted to the district website from Superintendent Dr. Gina Talbert stated this was due to an “operational deficit of approximately $3.6 million from the 2022-23 school year.”

On Feb. 12, the school board said 32 teachers would be let go. The number of layoffs has since increased to 47 total employees including six teacher assistants, five monitors, three security guards and one custodian.

Talbert stated in the letter that the primary drivers behind the deficit are issues schools across the nation are facing. These costs include services for special needs students in and outside of school, increased spending for safety and security needs and an increase in charter school enrollments. She also noted that grants given to the district for certain programs are due to expire this year.

The number of students per classroom is also expected to increase as a result.

It was stated in early February by New York State Comptroller Thomas P. DiNapoli that the Amityville school district was facing “significant fiscal stress”

During a school board meeting on Feb. 14, parents and community members expressed their concerns and dissatisfaction.

“We need answers, because this is not acceptable,” said parent Megan Messmann to News 12.

“It doesn’t seem as though it’s a budget deficit as much as a systemic failure,” said Christopher Sarlow, a fifth grade teacher in Amityville, to News 12. “I’m not sure how it happened, I’m not sure why it happened.”

The school district says they will continue to share information about the budget planning process.

The next school board meeting is scheduled for March 6. To read the full letter from the Amityville school district, look below.

Miya Jones

Miya Jones

Miya Jones is a Long Island native and the founder and Editor-in-Chief of Shades of Long Island. She's been a journalist since the age of 17 and is a diversity advocate. Follow Miya on Instagram and Twitter: @miyajones1996 and on Facebook as Miya Jones.

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