ANSONIA, Conn. (WTNH) -- Two dozen layoffs and deep cuts to school sports: Ansonia schools are facing major budget issues, and many of those cuts are already starting to happen.
"We are not expecting any miracles," said Joyce Seccombe, teacher's union.
"Morale is horrible, at the lowest I have ever seen it," said Michele Fraher, teacher's union.
"It hurts," said Mayor Jim Della Volpe, "it's really hurting us and we need to get some help."
News 8 did some digging and while dozens of employees will be let go district wide, some teachers have already been given notices.
"We have had to tell six young people who are dedicated professionals who have just started their careers that they are out of a job and they are unemployed," said Seccombe.
Wednesday night the school board had no choice but to pass the budget, along with the cuts and layoffs. Along with 10 teaching positions, all of the tutors have been let go, as well as all part-time interventionists and two school administrators.
However, it doesn't end there. All middle school and freshman sports will be eliminated, along with golf, tennis, track and field, and winter cheerleading.
"They worked and worked and worked, and they performed and did everything that is expected of them," Fraher said, "and the cuts are made."
Last year, the Ansonia school district was a poor performer so they were eligible for grants. Now, in one year they turned it around and the test scored are up, so they loose $2.2 million in government grants.
"The teachers and administrators did the job and the students reacted to what was thrown at them and improved," said Mayor Volpe, "and what do they do? They take the money away."
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