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New superintendent to unveil thin school budget

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A day after Hartford's mayor painted a bleak picture of the city's finances, the city's public school district will unveil its budget for the upcoming year.

The newly appointed superintendent, Dr. Leslie Torres-Rodriguez, said with a budget gap of $20 million, the district is looking at some very tough choices over the next few months.

In a letter to parents, Dr. Torres-Rodriguez said she would do everything possible to make sure students come first. 

This as a district faces a budget shortfall in the millions and the possibility of losing 200 teachers.

The Hartford Teachers Federation said a loss of that magnitude would be disastrous and would compromise mandatory class size requirements. They claim to still be reeling after 29 jobs were just cut last year. 

Dr. Torres-Rodriguez said the district really wants to hear from parents, students, and teachers during this process before a budget is adopted.

There will be a meeting at 5:30 p.m. at Rawson School. Eyewitness News is expected to attend the meeting tonight and will have the latest at 11 p.m. 

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