Lack of Budget Delays Start of School in Torrington

Torrington is delaying the opening of public schools by three days because of the lack of a state budget and students will now start on Tuesday, Sept. 5. 

Torrington Supt. Denise Clemons notified parents, guardians and other members of the Torrington public school community Tuesday that she met with the mayor and the Torrington Board of Education Chair about the start of school and they decided the school year will begin later than planned. 

The 2018 fiscal year started on July 1, but lawmakers have not yet passed a budget so Torrington, like other cities and towns, does not know hot much state funding it will get.

Democrats and Republicans in the General Assembly remain far apart on a possible final spending plan

Clemons said the school department will delay spending $570,000 by moving the date back and they hope that the budget will be clearer by doing so.

All staff will report on Monday, Aug. 28 and Tuesday, Aug. 29 and return for full duties on Tuesday, Sept. 5. 

School was supposed to start on Aug.  30. The delay will push the last day of school for students from June 18 to June 21 and retain five days in the school calendar for school cancellations. 

“We apologize for any inconvenience this may cause and thank you for your support with a difficult decision. We are trying to make the best out of a situation that we have to manage,” Clemons wrote. 

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