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New Haven budget shortfall could mean closing schools

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NEW HAVEN, Conn. (WTNH)– The New Haven Board of Education is asking the school district to provide realistic options for a potential $10 million budget shortfall. Possible cuts could include transportation, personnel and contractual services. It may even mean closing schools.

The board president Darnell Goldson told News 8 they have to make some very difficult decisions about current operations. Among the options are combining the alternative high schools and closing the small magnet school, Creed Health & Sports Sciences, located in North Haven.

Latoya Moore said, “I’m not surprised because it is the smaller school I believe in New Haven within the magnet industry but it is still a surprise because it was one of the top schools at one time.”

Students who go to Creed say they don’t want to see it close. Latrell Brown added, “I think this is one of the only sports medicine schools in Connecticut.”

Moore added, ” That does not need to happen with all the tax increase and everything else the teachers go through and they are underpaid already that would be devastating to them.”

Reda Fedda told NEWS8, “It feels like a second home to me. It is like the perfect dream school.”

Parents said they can’t handle any more budget cuts. Moore added, “The budget cut has put a hindrance on us and on him so it hurts.” Darnell Goldson released this statement:

“We are tasked with managing this district, and when I became President of the board I committed to tackling the tough issues. Continuing to run multi million dollar deficits is not acceptable. NHPS staff reported that they hoped to ask the Mayor and Board of Alders for $10 million to reduce an expected shortfall in the 2018-2019 budget. Through a resolution we passed last evening we have directed staff to provide us with realistic options for reducing that budget hole. The state, as well as the city, have their own budget issues, and we can not expect a bailout from either legislative body. Therefore, we will have to make some very difficult decisions related to our current operations. It may mean closing schools, layoffs, furloughs, and reductions in programming. What it will not mean is a reduction in classroom learning. We are committed to keeping these cuts are far away from classrooms as possible. We really don’t have much of a choice, as one board member stated last evening, we can’t afford bankruptcy, and we can’t print money.”

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