State Senator Sandra Cunningham, Assemblyman Nick Chiaravalloti (D-31) and Bayonne Mayor Jimmy Davis are calling for the state Department of Education financial monitors into the Bayonne Board of Education after they laid off 261 employees on Wednesday.
By John Heinis/Hudson County View
“Such decisions will have a drastic impact on the students who attend Bayonne’s public schools and the quality of their education, and on the nearly 300 individuals whose jobs were effectively eliminated and their families,” Cunningham said in a statement.
As a result, she added that a closer look needs to be taken at the massive deficit at the Bayonne BOE, which is at least $6 million.
“The school system’s primary purpose is to provide a thorough, high quality education for the students of Bayonne. Laying off 261 teachers, among other staff, will not only hinder the quality of education the children receive in our schools, but also undermines the public’s trust,” Chiaravalloti said.
The Assemblyman said he is hopeful financial monitors could get the root of any problems within the district and ultimately provide solutions.
“The school administration needs to get its financial house in order, because any failure in doing so is a failure to provide students with the education they deserve,” stated Davis.
“The budget didn’t get to this point overnight. The Department of Education must conduct an audit of what is really happening and bring transparency and accountability to the school district and its budget.”
Hundreds of students walked out of Bayonne High School yesterday to protest the massive amount of layoffs. The BOE is yet to provide an explanation as to how the huge budget deficit occurred.