In making the pitch to bond rating analysts this week, city officials gathered all the information they could about this year's proposed spending plan.
Among the information was a preliminary plan from school Superintendent Philip Streifer about how he might cope with the possibility of a big cut in state aid to education.
Several officials said that Streifer has prepared three plans - A, B and C.
One deals with the most optimistic scenario, which isn't all that cheerful given the bleak budget situation in Hartford. The other two address more dire options.
But what is he thinking about?
We'll know next week when he tells the Board of Education. He also plans to speak to the Joint Board on Feb. 11 to lay it all out to city councilors and the Board of Finance.
There is a hint, though, in the notes prepared for the discussions with bond analysts.
On a page devoted to the budget, there is a line about support for the schools.
Beside it, in red ink, are these words: "Furloughs, shortened yr. Incentive packages."
I'm pretty sure those were written by city Comptroller Glenn Klocko, who spoke to Streifer shortly before the telephone conference calls about the city's bond rating.
Now they may mean nothing at all. But it sure looks like they touch upon some possibilities.
I've heard repeatedly that every day the schools are closed rather than open, the city saves more than $300,000. It doesn't take many fewer days to make a big, big difference.
The incentive packages could well refer to an early retirement program that might reduce salaries by turning to cheaper newcomers rather than old pros in the classroom.
I'm not sure how furloughs fit in the picture, but we certainly see companies in town taking that step to save some money. The schools could perhaps follow suit.
We'll find out next week if that's the way things are heading.
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