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Torrington District faces cuts including possible closure of elementary school

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The closure of East Elementary School is on the list of possible cuts for Torrington Public Schools. (WFSB) The closure of East Elementary School is on the list of possible cuts for Torrington Public Schools. (WFSB)
TORRINGTON, CT (WFSB) -

Nearly a million dollars that is how much one local school district is facing in cuts.

Parents and teachers showed up to a Torrington Board of Education meeting on Wednesday night to hear about the possible cuts.   

Nothing was decided on Wednesday night by the board, but the board's chair told Eyewitness News everything is on the table.

“I never thought I would be showing up at board meetings to hear about budget cuts,” parent Heather Ayantola said.

After hearing about the $750,000 budget deficit the Torrington schools is facing, Ayantola said she wanted to ensure her concerns would be addressed.

“My concern is that I heard East School was going to be closing and my son is a first grader there,” Ayantola said. “It's a great school.”

Many parents and teachers showed up to a budget committee meeting at Torrington High School, the fire department had to hold off some of them from getting inside. Ayantola was one of the lucky parents that made it inside the building.

“It’s a shock to me,” Ayantola said.

In order to close the budget gap, there are several proposals on the table including closing East Elementary School, which would save $1 million and laying off psychologists, math and literacy teachers.

“I would really hate to see all of my friends who are teachers lose jobs,” Ayantola said.

After several children were presented with awards, the board of education allowed parents to express their outrage. 

“I'm saddened and disgusted by the proposed closure of east school. I question the purpose of the board of education today,” one parent said during public comment.

Torrington Board of Education chairman Fiona Cappabianca told Eyewitness News nothing has been decided yet and no formal proposal has been made to the board.

“There was a bit of a miscommunication about when it would be discussed, but those won't be discussed until next week,” Cappabianca said.

But, Cappabianca said she was quick to admit.  

“Everything is on the table at this point,” Cappabianca said.  

The board could also be reaching out to the city for help on cutting its health insurance payment.

Cappabianca told Eyewitness News more will be discussed at next week's budget meeting

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