WINCHESTER, Conn. (WTNH)-- Financial woes may force three schools in Winchester to close down by the end of the year. The money problems are due in part to the alleged theft of more than $2 million by a former government worker.
Winchester is truly a quiet, quaint small town, but word cash strapped schools could close has parents in a panic.
"I'm very worried. I want my daughter to be able to stay in school," said Kayla Morgan, a parent.
The Superintendent of Schools told the state officials the district is already unable to pay its bills, its vendors and won't have money to meet payroll in December.
"My concern is that my daughter's not going to have a school to go to come the middle of November," said a father.
So how did it get to this point?
"I don't know what they are going to do. It's a screwed up situation, they just find themselves falling over the edge," said a man.
Town Manger told News 8 the decision to close the three schools rests solely with the board of education and town leaders are considering taking out a loan or levying a supplemental tax to address the financial crisis.
"This is all Henny Penny, the sky is falling," said David LaPointe, Winchester Taxpayers Association.
David LaPointe, a former member of the board of education and head of the Taxpayers Association, downplays the closure threat.
"They are going to be getting an influx of money come January. First when taxpayers pay their bills for their homes and the business owners in this town, so please stop trying to scare the good residents and parents of this town," said LaPointe.
"It's just crazy. It's hard to take in right now. I hope it doesn't happen," said Morgan.
Town officials plan to vote on Monday.
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