New Britain Cuts 30 Teachers

New Britain school board members voted Tuesday night on a budget that eliminates 30 teachers and 12 other positions. 

Despite $11 million in cuts, the board says it was able to lower the actual number layoffs by cutting instructional supplies and saving positions with the help of grants.

The district is now waiting on the teacher's union to see if it will agree to concessions that could save more jobs.  A vote on concessions could come as early as Wednesday.

"We are free to move things around, but do not assign value to items," said board president Sharon Beloin-Saavedra.  "First and foremost, we need teachers in the classroom.  Everything must go before we let teachers go."

On top of the layoffs, another 42 positions will be lost through resignations and retirement.

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