The Mohonasen School District is facing a $2 million budget gap. With only a few days left until Governor Andrew Cuomo is set to sign his own budget, parents and teachers are demanding lawmakers fund their schools.
The close to 200 people in attendance at Thursday’s rally signed a petition which will be hand-delivered to Governor Cuomo, Assembly Speaker Carl Heastie and Senate Majority Leader Andrea Stewart-Cousins Friday morning. But before they receive the petition, they were inundated by hundreds of calls from frustrated parents.
“Carl Heastie. They are not picking up. And when they pick up, they are hanging up as soon as they are hearing Mohonasen. With Stewart-Cousins, the line has been shutdown,“ said Mohonasen teacher Maria Pacheco.
Despite being disconnected, lawmakers including New York State Senator George Amedore and Assemblyman Angelo Santabarara have stepped up.
“To hear the threat, programs being cut, it’s unacceptable,“ Amedore said.
Santabarbara was in session on Thursday and unable to attend the event, he sent this statement saying:
“… the Mohonansen School District [has] my commitment that I will continue to fight tirelessly for additional funding.“
Twelve teachers were fired last year and 20 more positions will be cut if the gap doesn’t close. The last time the district had a balanced budget was the 2015-2016 school year.