MIDDLETOWN >> The school district, in jeopardy of losing several million dollars in state funding, told members of the council’s finance and government committee this week that it could be forced to eliminate 11 teaching positions from the elementary level.
Last year, the city’s Alliance District grant money, which goes to the 30 lowest performing districts in Connecticut, was cut by $250,000, said Superintendent of Schools Patricia Charles, “but we’re talking about ($)2.5 million. That would be catastrophic.”
The lack of a state budget, negotiations over which have pushed state legislators into a summer session and may not be settled into September or beyond, has had a ripple effect on municipalities already struggling to make fiscal ends meet.
“We need to know whether we are going to be getting our Alliance (District ) grant. We’re pretty sure we’re losing (the Family Resource Centers for preschoolers), we’re pretty sure that we’re losing part of Early Start at Adult Education, which educates the babies while we educate the parents,” Charles said.
Such a large reduction in aid from the state could mean layoffs at the city’s eight elementary schools. One Even Start teacher and another Family Resource teacher would be cut and moved into a classroom to make up for the loss of nine other educators, Charles said.
There is hope, however, said Council Majority Leader Thomas Serra.
“(At the finance meeting), we told them to utilize whatever cash flow you have right now and the guidance was to (send out the layoff notices, required by state law) to protect them and whenever the…
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