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Legislative Delegation Meets With District Leaders

School district leaders and members of Manchester’s legislative delegation met on Monday, Jan. 11 to discuss a wide range of issues, policies and related topics.

“It’s important for us to gather like this periodically,” said Superintendent Matt Geary, adding that he’d like to host a “breakfast meeting” of this type at least once a year. “We appreciate hearing from our legislators about the work they are doing, and we certainly hope that hearing from us makes them better equipped to represent the interests of the Manchester school district and its students.”

State Representatives attending the meeting were: Jeffrey Currey (D-11th), Kelly Luxenberg (D-12th), Jason Rojas (D-9th), and Mark Tweedie (R-13th). (That’s how they appear, left to right, in the accompanying photo.) State Sen. Steve Cassano was unable to attend.

School board Chairman Christopher Pattacini was also there in addition to board colleagues Darryl Thames, Jr., Jason Scappaticci, Susan Jacobsen and Neal Leon.

Subjects discussed during the meeting included the state budget and its impact on schools and towns, as well as Alliance Grant funding and magnet school funding.

"As legislators, it's important that we have an ongoing dialogue with local leaders and school administrators so that we're able to advocate in Hartford for what's in the best interest of Manchester's students and staff,” Currey said. “Chairman Pattacini and the entire Manchester BOE have made great strides in providing a quality education the town can be proud of and we look forward to our collaborative work in ensuring the district's continued success."

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