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NAUGATUCK — Despite several members’ concerns about its autonomy, the Board of Education voted Thursday night to request almost $1 million from the borough government to close what remains of a $1.55 million budget deficit.
As conditions of the bailout, the board agreed to retain borough Controller Wayne McAllister as its business manager through next fiscal year and to switch its insurance broker from USI Insurance Services to CDC Kane Partners.
It also approved concession packages presented by labor unions, which total $592,126. The total sum the school board will request from the borough will not exceed $955,906.
NAUGATUCK — Closing a school is not among the recommendations of an architectural firm that completed recently a study of the borough’s 11 public school buildings, but grade realignment and construction planning are on the list of suggestions.
Greg Smalley of Hartford-based JCJ Architecture, which the school district paid $36,000 to perform the study, summarized the findings at last Thursday’s Board of Education meeting. His report was overshadowed by discussion of the system’s $1.55 million budget shortfall.
The Board of Education commissioned the study in July to help it determine how to use most efficiently its facilities over the next decade. Given its current financial state and the fact that district enrollment has declined by 22 percent since 1995, the board indicated previously it would consider shutting down a school building to save money.