HARTFORD, Conn. — The state Board of Education has added the town of Winchester to its investigation into whether Winchester's schools were underfunded in 2012-2013.
State officials have been investigating the Winchester school board since October. Superintendent of Schools Thomas Danehy said at the time that local schools would have to close in December because of a lack of money, but the district was able to get a $2 million loan.
The state board Wednesday approved the investigation of town government's role. State investigators say the $18.3 million Winchester school budget for 2012-2013 was about $1.6 million lower than the state's minimum spending requirement.
A town lawyer says an investigation isn't needed because budget problems have been fixed.
The state can withhold education grant money to the town as a penalty for underfunding.