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Residents outraged following Newington school closure

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Parents and students expressed frustration Thursday following the closure of a Newington school.

Administrators announced Wednesday the school will close before the beginning of the school year because of financial troubles.

"Saint Mary School would have run out of capital midway through the school year. In making this agonizing decision, the students and their families were always top of mind and in our prayers," said Reverend Shawn Daly, an administrator for the school.

109 students are currently enrolled at the school.

Student Francisca Barria, of Hartford, said finding out about the closure was upsetting.

"The are a bunch of emotions right now...feeling sad...angry," said Barria.

The most frustrating part for the young girl is how little notice she was given.

She was supposed to start 7th grade on August 31. Now, she is unsure of where she will attend school.

"The fact that [there are] two weeks before school starts is really overwhelming and stressful finding a school," said Barria.
Barria's mother, Maria Lopez, said the lack of time is unfair to families who now have to scramble.

"This is a very bad decision. Why two weeks before? Why?" said Lopez.

Daly said the closure was a surprise to him as well.

He had started at the school just a month ago when he found a financial short-fall of $300,000.

With declining enrollment on top of the financial troubles, administrators said they had no choice.

"We wouldn't have made it through the school year financially and to transfer the students halfway  through

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