Bridgeport Schools

Bridgeport Mayor Joe Ganim, left, greets Gov. Dannel P. Malloy for the Bridgeport Regional Business Council's Capitol Luncheon on April 27, 2016.

The office of Bridgeport Mayor Joseph P. Ganim has sent the school board a letter telling them to make contingency plans next week because it has no more money to give it.

School officials took that to mean Ganim was suggesting schools be closed and immediately contacted the state.

Ganim’s office on Wednesday denied the letter was telling the district to close schools.

The letter tells Schools Superintendent Aresta Johnson that the $63.5 million the city contributes toward the district's operating budget will be depleted by the end of the month.

“In the event that the state does not remit state funds for Board expenses the city will not have funds to pay any additional board expenditures,” says the letter, signed by Nestor Nkwo, city budget director.

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