New London, CT: Budget deficit: "100 new SPED students in the past 18 months"

April 26, 2018, New London, CT, The Day: Current Norwich school budget will end with big deficit June 30 School administrators are projecting the current school budget will end in a shortfall of $1.5 million to $2 million by June 30 and will send the totals to the City Council with a request for funds to cover the deficit. The Board of Education Budget Expenditure Committee learned of the projected deficit for the 2017-18 fiscal year during a meeting Thursday evening. School Business Administrator Athena Nagel said nearly all the deficit is in special education costs and special education transportation costs, along with a $600,000 deficit in health insurance costs. Nagel said she updated the figures recently before presenting them to the budget committee, “since I did the numbers, five more (special education) students came into the district.” Norwich has seen an influx of about 100 new special education students in the past 18 months, Nagel said.