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Newington School Board Votes To Lay Off Three Employees, Eliminate Gifted And Talented Program

NEWINGTON — The school board voted reluctantly to lay off three employees, eliminate the gifted and talented program and make other cutbacks to balance the budget that goes into effect July 1.

In addition, 14 teacher positions will be funded for a single year and face elimination in 2017-18, school officials said.

School board members said they deeply regret the cutbacks, but had no choice given the level of funding approved by the town council.

"All of these reductions are very, very hard to deal with," board member Paul Vessella said at this week's board's meeting.

Other cutbacks include deferring the high school's biomedical program and...