Torrington parents outraged at proposal to cut middle school sports

TORRINGTON, Conn. (WTNH)– Parents in Torrington are outraged, speaking out to keep sports at local middle school Vogel-Wetmore.

Students have an a simple answer to the question of whetheror not to eliminate middle school sports in Torrington.

“No, I don’t think they should be, at all,” said one student.

But for board members, it’s a balancing act between the desire for all day kindergarten, middle school athletics and the soaring cost of special education.

Special education needs are mandatory.

“There comes a point when you cannot spend $250,000 on one student $5,000 on another,” said one board member.

With money problems plaguing the school district, something has to go.  Torrington superintendent Cheryl Klozko proposed cutting funding to middle school athletics, which would save the school district $91,000. But this proposal doesn’t sit well with some parents.

“They are only talking pennies on their overall budget and [sports are] a great program for these kids in the middle school,” one parent said. “They love the fact that they are able to travel to other towns, and play other towns in sports .”

“It’d be a shame to see kids lose the opportunity to play,” another student said.

Board members said the money has to come from somewhere.

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