Health Premiums Close Schools
As purse strings tighten, school closures likely in Stratford
Brittany Lyte, Staff Writer
Published: 10:01 p.m., Wednesday, December 8, 2010
STRATFORD — The public school district will likely close one or more school buildings before next school year to alleviate some of the financial burden created by rising medical costs and budgetary constraints.
A 22-member long-range facilities planning committee, formed in September, is working with a consultant to identify opportunities to shut down schools by redistributing the district’s 7,362 student population among its 13 classroom buildings. There are currently nine elementary schools, two middle schools and two high schools in the district.
“The school system we have today will not be the school system we have in September,” said Board of Education Chairman Gavin Forrester, who also holds a seat on the committee. “I can pretty much guarantee that.”
In real numbers, BOE health insurance has gone from $12 million to $16.5 million in a single year. Most other expenses have remained as is or have actually gone down. It is hard to imagine what must be cut to equate to $4.5 million in savings.
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