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Schools the latest to feel the economic crunch

Lindenhurst schools superintendent Richard Nathan speaks about planned

Lindenhurst schools superintendent Richard Nathan speaks about planned teacher layoffs. (March 10, 2010) Photo Credit: Newsday/Thomas A. Ferrara

Statewide and on the Island, upcoming job losses for school workers are expected to be the worst in six years or more, with virtually all districts eliminating positions at least through retirement and most districts imposing layoffs as well, according to a survey by the State Council of School Superintendents.

Projections are based largely on Gov. David A. Paterson's proposed $1.1 billion school-aid cut next year -- a plan that lawmakers could largely reject.

How it hits home:

Layoff notices have been delivered to 59 teachers in Lindenhurst.

In Northport-East Northport, authorities Tuesday posted preliminary plans to lay off 40 teachers, 10 teaching assistants and five teaching aides.

Middle Country has notified its union of plans to cut five teachers and as many as 23 teaching assistants.

Patchogue-Medford has raised the possibility of 50 to 70 layoffs.


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