Middle School Sports Threatened By Budget Cuts

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Torrington’s Board of Education is getting an earful about the possibility of eliminating sports at the middle school. Parents and students spoke against the idea at a budget committee hearing Monday night.

The superintendent says cutting athletics could save the district $91,000. But student Ray Rodriguez says it goes against everything he has been learning in school about health and fitness

“It’s really sad,” he said. “Plus, with obesity in America and with Michelle Obama talking about getting healthy, this [isn’t] the first step to go to it.”

The superintendent’s $72.5 million budget proposal does not include the costs of all day kindergarten, which the school board has voted to adopt.

That plan would necessitate hiring at least 10 teachers and shifting some students around to make space.

The full school board will meet Wednesday night to hear from residents again and to go over all the details of the proposed budget. The plan will be finalized in May.


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