Superintendent: 2 Bridgeport schools off chopping block

Bridgeport's superintendent of schools says two elementary schools are no longer on the budget chopping block.

Bridgeport's superintendent of schools says two elementary schools are no longer on the budget chopping block. (5/11/16)

BRIDGEPORT - Bridgeport's superintendent of schools says she is no longer considering closing two elementary schools in an effort to close a budget deficit. 

Superintendent Fran Rabinowitz says closing down Hall and Edison schools would have required them to relocate more than 200 students at each school, possibly causing overcrowding in some classrooms.

She said they considered the closures after learning from Gov. Dannel Malloy’s latest budget proposal that they weren't receiving an increase in state funding. Rabinowitz said they were hoping for a $15 million increase to their school budget.

Now, she says they are thinking of making the cuts elsewhere, possibly jeopardizing more than 100 staff positions.

"It's heartbreaking. That's all I can tell you. It's unconscionable. It's cutting at the core of education. I have never in my career have had to make cuts like that," says Rabinowitz.

Despite the superintendent's push to keep the schools open the final decision will be left to the city's board of education. Rabinowitz adds the job cuts could be avoided if the city decides to allocate an additional $1.5 million for the school district. The funding is contingent on whether the city gets more ECS funding from the state.

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