NORWALK, Conn. — With teacher layoffs looming in Norwalk, a group of Common Council members announced Friday they will ask the city for up to an extra $1.8 million to block the cuts.
The seven council members — comprising six Democrats and one unaffiliated member — will discuss making the request at Tuesday's Common Council meeting.
“The Board of Ed may end this fiscal year with a small surplus which can be used to help close the budget gap,” District E Councilman John Igneri said in a press release.
In April, the school district discovered a $4 million budget shortfall. Superintendent Susan Marks' spending plan, meant to close the gap, was approved Thursday night by the Board of Education. The spending cuts include teacher layoffs.
The council members say they will ask the city for a special appropriation to cover the remaining shortfall. Council members supporting the resolution in addition to Igneri, are unaffiliated member Michael Geake (District B) and Democrats Anna Duleep (at-large), Warren Peña (at-large), Matt Miklave (District A), David Watts (District A) and Carvin Hilliard (District B).