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Battle for 'Rent' Continues in Trumbull [Updated]

Update, Tuesday, 11:10 p.m.

More talks are scheduled between the superintendent, Principal Marc Guarino and parents.

At the Board of Education Tuesday, a letter from Guarino was read into the record, stating he wanted a plan before the show could be staged. More details to come in a separate story.

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The efforts of students and other supporters of staging "Rent" continue, bolstered by support from around the country, but so far school officials remain mum.
Trumbull High School Principal Marc Guarino, who started the job this summer, and Schools Supt. Gary Cialfi were supposed to have met Monday, according to Facebook.

But the meeting could not be confirmed and Cialfi was unavailable for comment Monday.

Guarino cancelled the show a few days before Thanksgiving.

The Facebook page, Trumbull for Rent, reported Tuesday, "We have yet to hear anything about the meeting between our Principal and Superintendent discussing this issue, however I promise to update you all as soon as we have more information. Thank you to everyone who has supported us in the past week, and for helping to publicize this cause."

The page also reported that students delivered a petition bearing about 1,500 signatures to Guarino.

The Board of Education meets today, Dec. 3, for a budget and organizational meeting, but the "Rent" issue was not listed on the agenda.

The play is based on Giacomo Puccini's "La Boheme," but deals with issues including AIDS/HIV, homosexuality and drug use.


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