Ansonia school budget deal reached, students can finish school year

Education

A last-minute deal has been reached between the Board of Education and city leaders in Ansonia, meaning kids will be able to finish the school year.

It happened behind closed doors through arbitration late Monday night.

The city refused to release $600,000 to the school board after it received over $1 million in grant money from the state. The school board sued the city, and they were due in court at 10:00 a.m. on Tuesday.

But this last minute deal where the city will pay the Board of Education $500,000 was reached.

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Board of Alderman President Lorie Vaccaro says in these tough financial times, financial decisions have to be made.

“If they got the $600,000 for 2017-2018, they would get it this year as well, and every year in perpetuity. So, in 10 years, it’s $6 million.”

The city did not include $600,000 in next year’s budget, so the school board will have to work with less funds.

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