With the reality of a Naugatuck school closing next year, the Board of Education plans on holding a public discussion on the issue later this month, inviting in all K-4 parents that want to comment.
“We promised we’d give them a chance to offer their input,” said Glenn Connan, board member.
The board agreed to the idea during a budget workshop on Monday.
Initially, Chairman David Heller suggested a meeting with the Central Avenue School parents only, since that school has been pinpointed as the one place that would potentially close in the 2012-13 fiscal year.
But, since some members of the board would rather the district consider over Central, the board ultimately agreed to open the public discussion up for all students.
Details still have to be finalized, however the board suggested the meeting would be at 7 p.m. on April 24 at .
Board member James Jordan reiterated that there was no decision made to close Central Avenue School, but most of the board has been grappling with how to reduce the education budget from its initially proposed 9 percent down to 4.5 percent.
The board has been stalled in getting further in the budget process due to the fact that the business manager, Wayne McAllister, has been out sick for a few weeks. Because of this, Heller said the board will ask for an extension from the joint Board of Mayor and Burgesses and Board of Finance, pushing back its presentation date from April 30 to May 14.
The board plans on meeting for another budget workshop on April 23.