OLD TAPPAN, NJ — Old Tappan High School students staged an 11:30 a.m. walkout yesterday in protest of the privatization of the custodial department, according to the Record.
Because Northern Valley Regional High School District lost $1.9 million in state aid, the outsourcing of 14 custodial staff positions is being considered to cut costs and help reduce the $50 million budget currently facing the district, the story stated.
Roughly 30 students protested by chanting "save our staff" while holding cardboard signs that read "Save the Custodians" and "Students for Northern Valley Faculty" in front of the school as passing cars honked in admiration, the story noted.
Maya Nisnevitch, a student at Old Tappan High School, said: "I understand the purpose is to cut the budget, but the janitors have worked with us for so long and none of them should be fired because they keep the school spotless."
Old Tappan High School Principal Fred Hessler claims the students will not be disciplined for missing class, as "they have a right to express their opinion," the story added.
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