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Briarcliff Schools Eliminate 27 Teacher Aide Jobs

BRIARCLIFF MANOR, N.Y. – The Briarcliff Manor Union Free School District voted 3-2 to eliminate 27 teacher aide positions Monday night.

The positions are scheduled to be eliminated at the end of the school year. The board also agreed in another 3-2 decision Monday night to create 27 teaching assistant positions for the 2012-13 school year.

School board members Sal Maglietta and Jennifer Rosen held the dissenting votes. 

"I think the turnover will be huge," Maglietta said before the votes. "It's a fail from my point of view."

Board President Guy Rotondo disagreed.

"I think the research on this was very well done," Rotondo said. "This is a district that, in my opinion, is very much in need of this change."

At a previous meeting, Briarcliff Superintendent of Schools Neal Miller said the district would be making these changes in order for the district to properly comply with New York State Education Department and Commissioner’s Regulations, which “don’t allow teacher aides to instruct students like teaching assistants can.”

Check back with The Daily Briarcliff for further details Tuesday.

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