How do you cut “skeleton” schools?

With a bone cutter or saw.

The process is not pretty, my medical friends tell me.

Skeleton schools were the image Elmira schools Superintendent Joe Hochreiter used last year to describe the cuts in that small city district. Well, Elmira is facing more cuts this year, according to this article from the Elmira Star-Gazette.

As lawmakers in Albany near a budget deal, here’s how years of state aid to education cuts are being felt in a few districts across the state:

Tupper Lake schools in the North Country are concerned their district may not exist in a few years.

Here’s the picture in Binghamton, where elementary music and foreign language will be reduced and intramural sports eliminated.

Here’s a link to the impact of cuts in Potsdam schools.

This link doesn’t really tell us what programs might be eliminated in Syracuse but, with anywhere from 40 to 97 job cuts, something has got to go.

A group of western New York schools will rally starting at 4 today.

Neighboring  Lewiston-Porter schools are bracing for cuts. How sad that English, mathematics, science, Spanish, business and library will be cut and elementary class sizes will increase.

Better late than never. If you haven’t gone to NYSUT’s Member Action Center to seek more funds, do it now.

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  1. Liza Frenette March 21, 2013 at 10:31 am #

    When I read these articles my stomach started hurting. I grew up in Tupper Lake, and cannot imagine the community without schools — it is so far from neighboring districts (20 miles in one direction, and 22 in the other). How can it be that the state does not correct the GEA formula for rural areas like this? And when I read about Elmira — 29 teachers and 18 janitors stand to lose jobs — I was stunned.This means a loss of classes in math, art, physical education, counseling, reading, music and special education, science, social studies, English and French.

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