BUFFALO, NY (WKBW) -- Teachers, students, and parents protested outside of the Hamburg High School during Tuesday evening. "I hate it... upset by it. So many good teachers have lost their jobs. My AP Spanish teacher, she lost her job," one Hamburg High School junior said.
"It's so upsetting, it's the talk of the school, we're all upset about it," a Hamburg High School senior said at the protest.
The district recently announced teacher layoffs and possible cuts to programs under the new district budget filed just over a week ago. Board members presented the budget to the public at the high school and tried to answer questions from the heated audience. The district superintendent says a huge budget gap due to cuts in state aid has forced the district to eliminate teaching and staff jobs. "We ended up going from cutting possibly 50 positions down to 12.6 full time equivalent, which means that we have 7 full time teachers being laid off and then we have several part time people being eliminated," Dr. Mark J. Crawford, the Superintendent of Schools Hamburg, said.
One of those teachers affected by the cutbacks was notified she'll be teaching one class instead of five. "I just feel really betrayed by the whole thing. I mean I've been in this district for 10 years," one Hamburg High School teacher said. "I knew there were going to be cuts but they cut me down to... one class a day."
Despite worries that the EMT program might be eliminated, the superintendent says it will remain at the school.
All teachers and staff would finish out their regular duties through the end of this school year. Local community members will get to vote on the latest district budget on Tuesday, May 18th at the Hamburg High School gym from 7am to 9pm.
"Like many other districts in Western New York we don't have much choice. It's very hard, we did everything I think we could have done to avoid any layoffs," Crawford said.