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Ridgefield Selectmen Recommend $200,000 Cut In School Budget

The Ridgefield Board of Selectmen has recommended that the Board of Education reduce its budget for next year by $200,000.
The Ridgefield Board of Selectmen has recommended that the Board of Education reduce its budget for next year by $200,000. Photo Credit: Alissa Smith, stock photo

RIDGEFIELD, Conn. -- The Ridgefield Board of Selectmen cannot tell the Board of Education where to cut its budget, but it is asking for cuts.

By the end of this week, the selectmen must give the Board of Finance a nonbinding recommendation for the townwide budget.

The selectmen are looking for $200,000 in cuts. That decision came after a discussion about adding two additional School Resource Officers, or SROs, which were requested by the Board of Education.

"We don't have line-item authority," said First Selectman Rudy Marconi. But removing the SROs would be his choice for a cut in the $83.6 million school budget, he said. That decrease would bring the total school budget to just more than $83.3 million.

"They can do with their money what they choose," Selectman Di Masters said. "We're all trying to do our very best, and it's not going to be easy to find the right solutions."

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