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The Ridgefield Board of Education could be asking for an allocation to cover a budget shortfall.  Officials estimate they'll be $1.3 million short.  There are a couple of things adding to costs this year, including winter-weather related repairs.  The biggest drivers were a summer enrollment increase and the cost of special education.  Out-of-district placements for special ed is costing about half a million dollars.  In September, the Superintendent put a freeze on controllable accounts.  4 students with Individualized Education Programs already in place at private institutions moved into Ridgefield and since then, three more students with IEPs have moved to the district.

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