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Mayor’s cuts have Hunts Point schools worried

Up to a third of local teachers could lose jobs

Mayor Michael Bloomberg has proposed laying off city school teachers in dramatic numbers to compensate for budget shortfalls.

In Hunts Point and Longwood, Banana Kelly High School would stand to lose five of its 27 teachers to the Mayor’s buzzsaw, while the high school with which it shares a building on Longwood Avenue, the Holcombe L. Rucker School for Community Research, would lose eight of its teaching staff of 24.

The two-year-old Entrada Academy on Fox Street, which serves grades 6 and 7, would lose a third of its 27 teachers.

Middle School 424, the Hunts Point School, would take an 18% plunge, from 40 teachers down to 33. MS 48 on Spofford Ave would lose 6 of its 74 teachers.

The Mayor announced his layoff projections on Sunday, in response to Governor Andrew Cuomo’s earlier announcement that the state will cut $1.4 billion in aid to the city’s schools for the next fiscal year.

In District 8, which includes schools in Hunts Point, as well as Soundview and Throggs Neck, 14% of intermediate school teachers would get the axe.

The layoff threats are part of a dispute between the governor and the mayor, who says New York City would be disproportionately affected by the proposed state cuts. They are widely viewed as a Doomsday scenario or as a plot to convince state legislators to modify Cuomo’s budget proposals.

Among other cuts, the Bloomberg administration says it would lay off 15% of the elementary teachers in the Community Schoo District 7, which comprises Mott Haven, the Concourse and Melrose. That represents the highest percentage of cuts to elementary school teachers of any of the city’s 32 school districts.

In Mott Haven, the Courtlandt School, an elementary school on E. 140th St., would take a beating, potentially losing as many as a third of its 53 teachers. Ten of the 34 Junior High and Middle School teachers at the Laboratory School of Finance and Technology on E. 145th St., otherwise known as MS 223, would be in jeopardy of losing their jobs. Samuel Gompers Career and Technical High School on Southern Boulevard would lose seven of its 65 teachers.

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