Recently, we read of a situation where the state of Connecticut gave an annual sum of money, in excess of $40,000, to Stonington. This money was designated for use by the Stonington Board of Education to transport Stonington students to and from Magnet Schools in Groton and New London.
However, the Stonington Board of Finance is apparently putting that money in the town's pocket and is refusing to transfer it to the Stonington school board, with the result that magnet school transportation is no longer being made available to the students. Apparently, the justification offered by the finance board is basically that the school board has enough money already and doesn't need more.
Do I understand this correctly? The town is keeping money designated for a specific purpose by the Board of Education? "Budget cut deprives Stonington families of magnet school transportation," (June 7). How can such an action be legal or possible? Isn't that a form of accepting money under false pretenses and using it for purposes other than what was directed? Did the state of Connecticut approve and endorse such an action when it sent the money to Stonington?