17 Teachers Cut in Elma

September 27, 2013 Updated Apr 19, 2010 at 6:47 PM EDT

By Laura Gray

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September 27, 2013 Updated Apr 19, 2010 at 6:47 PM EDT

Elma, NY (WKBW) -- Facing less state aid and declining enrollment, the Iroquois School District had to make major cuts.

Assistant Superintendent Doug Scofield went through the 41 million dollar budget line by line. Money for supplies like pens and paper is reduced by 50-thousand dollars. After-school activities were combined or eliminated.The marching band, school paper, radio club, and color guard are some of the clubs that have been cut. All field trips are cancelled. The district saves money by not having to pay teachers to coach or supervise these after-school activities.

Teachers were affected both after school and in the classroom. Effective June 30th, 17 teachers will lose their jobs. Iroquois officials encouraged teachers to retire with a health insurance incentive, but few did. Scofield admits that students are upset about losing teachers, but says the Iroquois School District needs to make cuts.

Assemblyman Sam Hoyt says 14,000 teachers across the state could be laid off if the shortfall isn't addressed. He recently asked teachers to voluntarily take a one-year pay freeze. Scofield says the district would be open to any union concessions.