Torrington school to temporarily close for renovations

<p>The Board of Education has decided to temporarily close East Elementary School in Torrington at the end of the school year.&nbsp;</p>

News 12 Staff

Nov 30, 2017, 8:08 PM

Updated 2,370 days ago

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The Board of Education has decided to temporarily close East Elementary School in Torrington at the end of the school year.
Superintendent Denise Clemons says the decision was made because the building needs to be renovated.
"As we move Torrington Public Schools in a positive, respectful manner, we are looking forward to collaborating with the community on next steps," Clemons said in a statement.
The renovation is expected to cost over $41 million, but the state is expected to reimburse the district about $23 million.
The other option board members talked about was building a new school, but that would cost about $53 million with a $22 million reimbursement.
The superintendent said another reason to temporarily close the school was to try and address the racial imbalance.
Community members said closing the school would only lead to overcrowded classrooms in other schools.
The incoming Board of Education will ultimately make the decision. 


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