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Marlboro High students stage walkout

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Albany/HV: Marlboro High students stage walkout
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More than 100 students at Marlboro High School took to the football field in support of one of their teachers. But our Beth Croughan clears up some misconceptions about why they were protesting.

MARLBORO, N.Y. -- "Sosnick stays."

"They love Mr. Sosnick as a teacher and as a mentor," said parent Kathy Mackey.

That's the message dozens of Marlboro High students were hoping to get across Friday.

"I said I'm coming up and if I have to, I'll get on the field with the kids to show my support," said parent Barbara Farina.

But the problem is, Sosnick isn't going anywhere right now.

"What is my understanding, it was due to monetary issues, budget issues. But our budget was passed and we were told if the budget was passed, we weren't going to lose any teachers" explained parent Kathy Mackey of the protest.

Students and parents were under the impression high school math teacher Michael Sosnick was being let go. But school officials say that's not the case. Assistant Superintendent Theresa Reynolds says they made Sosnick aware it could be a possibility, but no decision has been made.

The math department has seen shrinking class sizes and Sosnick has the least seniority. Reynolds says the district wanted to give him the opportunity to look for other jobs, if the issue should come up.

Reynolds says they are looking at every option to make sure they can try to retain Sosnick and remain fiscally responsible.

Parents at the walkout also told us they were under the impression two teachers were being fired to hire a football coach from Highland. Reynolds says that is simply untrue.

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