Granby students protest teacher layoffs and budget cuts

GRANBY, Mass. (WWLP) – Granby Junior/Senior High School students are upset over budget cuts to multiple departments at their school.

Both budget cuts and teacher layoffs have students concerned about their education and their community. A growing crowd of 7th to 11th grade students protested in the front of the school Monday morning to support the cause.

“We’re going to change something because we do care a lot about this and I believe if we work together what could actually stop us,” said student Charles Moller-Mullen.

More than 10 teachers have been reported to be laid off at the school. Classroom sizes have also decreased.

“Communities care about education,” said teacher Jen Blackburn. “Children care about their education, and there not going to sit down and take these cuts lightly.”

Granby Schools Superintendent Cheryl Stanton told 22News, she understands student concerns and frustrations. Stanton said the cuts are due in part, to declining student enrollment.

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