Pine Valley Central School cuts 14 positions

PINE VALLEY, N.Y. (WIVB) — A school in Chautauqua County will officially be cutting a host of positions in what their interim superintendent described as a “right-sizing” measure.

The Pine Valley Board of Education voted unanimously in favor of the layoffs, which will see one administrator, two bus drivers, a teacher’s aid and 10 teachers cut. But the decision wasn’t easy. Interim Superintendent David Kurzawa said it took a toll on their board. Two members resigned just last month.

Students and teachers have protested the move. Students staged a sit-in protest before the last board meeting, and parents filled the aisles. The last board meeting’s public comment section lasted a whole of three hours.

Parents said they felt out of the loop, but Kurzawa said the decision was what is fiscally responsible. He said a rapid decline in enrollment means the school’s staff needs to adjust in scale.

“Over the past five years, they did not reduce their staff, or right-size the school district for the population we have,” Kurzawa said. provides commenting to allow for constructive discussion on the stories we cover. In order to comment here, you acknowledge you have read and agreed to our Terms of Service. Commenters who violate these terms, including use of vulgar language or racial slurs, will be banned. Please be respectful of the opinions of others. If you see an inappropriate comment, please flag it for our moderators to review. Note: Comments containing links are not allowed.

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