NEW HAVEN, Conn. (WTNH)-- Some parents are left scrambling to find a new school for their child after a local New Haven public school says they're getting rid of some classrooms.
The Micro Society Magnet school is getting rid of their 6th, 7th, and 8th grades.
Parents got a letter in the mail about two weeks ago telling them to get ready for the new school year, even telling them about new classrooms for first graders and kindergarten. But, they found out Wednesday, 6th, 7th, and 8th graders are not only starting a new year, they will be starting a new school.
The meeting will be held at Micro Society school. A voicemail to parents 14 days before the first day and now they're shopping for a new school.
"A couple parents that I spoke with are just as hurt as I was because of the short notice," said Stacey Allen, a parent.
"My 13-year-old is the one that really hit her hard, because she grew up with her classmates and look forward to her 8th grade year at a school where she knows her teachers and surroundings," said Jamie Everett, a parent.
Plus they loved the small Micro Society Magnet School.
"For my daughter, math is important to her and this is why we chose this school," said Allen.
"It's unbelievable that they would do that because of it being a small school and smaller class size means more learning opportunities for the kids," said Everett.
"This is certainly not the timing we would have chosen, but with the financial crisis we are facing right now," said Kim Johnsky, Director of Instruction at New Haven Public Schools.
New Haven Public schools has a looming $3.5 million budget deficit and Johnsky believes this could be better for their education.
"To have a meaningful middle school experience, they really need a classroom that's bigger where they can change classes," said Johnsky.
They had a team of administrators working to place the 50 children Wednesday night.
They'll find out which hallways they'll be walking down by the beginning of next week.
"It could be for the better. It could be for the worse, but if it's for the worse we will look into it then," said Everett.
No teachers will be fired because of this change, but they will be reassigned to different schools.
The spokesperson for public schools says another school could be impacted by this but did not reveal which one.
The first day is scheduled for August 28th.
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