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.