NEW HAVEN, Conn. (WTNH)-- There are new developments in the school budget crisis in New Haven. The district is now cutting middle school classes at another school, just two weeks before kids are set to go back.
They're closing the 7th and 8th grades at Lincoln-Bassett in addition to the 6th, 7th, and 8th grades at the Microsociety Magnet School.
A student, like any middle schooler, is worried about trying to make new friends and get to know teachers all over again.
He just moved to New Haven last year, and Lincoln Bassett became a second home.
"I liked it a lot," said Kevin Hicks, former Lincoln Bassett School student.
Kevin Hicks says art was his favorite class at Lincoln Bassett Middle School. But, he won't get to use those same brushes and paints this school year. The district announced Thursday it is cutting both 7th and 8th grades from the school.
"I was kind of mad, because I had a lot of friends over there. I don't know if they might go to my other schools, or school, and I might want to play with them," said Hicks.
The Lincoln Bassett announcement came a day after the closing of middle school classrooms at Microsociety Magnet School.
The New Haven school department faces a $3.5 million budget deficit, which includes an $800,000 deficit in food services costs and $2.7 million from the general fund.
Cutting classrooms at the two schools equals will save just $600,000. The school department will continue to look at other ways to save.
Meanwhile, parents and students start the school search process just weeks before the first day.
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