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Special selectmen’s meeting scheduled

WINSTED — The Board of Selectmen are scheduled to hold a special meeting with Town Attorney Kevin Nelligan concerning the Board of Education’s lawsuit against the town.Mayor Candy Perez said the meeting would be held some time next week.During a Board of Education meeting earlier in the month, Superintendent of Schools Blaise Salerno said that the state has ruled that the town must fund the school district at the previously proposed minimum budget requirement (MBR) of $20,049,466, which was set in late April.At a budget referendum in late May, voters approved the town’s budget proposed by the Board of Selectmen, which set education funding at $18,600,000 — $1,449,466 below the MBR.The Board of Education has filed a lawsuit against the town for underfunding the budget.However, at the June 20 meeting of the Board, Perez said that the town still had not received any formal notification from the state over any MBR decision.Perez added that Town Manager Dale Martin, along with the Board of Selectmen, will meet with State Sen. Andrew Roraback (R-30) and the State Department of Education to discuss the MBR and issues with the Board of Education on Friday, June 24.She said that the selectmen’s meeting with Nelligan may be held in executive session.

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