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Hartford school officials say 200-plus cuts are anticipated

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Bulkeley High School (WFSB file photo) Bulkeley High School (WFSB file photo)
Parents and teachers were protesting layoffs and other proposed cuts being discussed at a meeting recently. (WFSB) Parents and teachers were protesting layoffs and other proposed cuts being discussed at a meeting recently. (WFSB)
HARTFORD, CT (WFSB) -

Hartford school officials said cuts are coming amid the budget balancing process.

Officials said there will be cuts at the central office and school levels, as there is hope to “invest over 80 percent of funds available” directly into the schools.

The chairman of the Board of Education said they anticipate "north of 200 positions will be cut."

He added that some of the employees will be able to slide into vacancies and some will, per contract, "bump" into jobs at the expense of less senior employees.

The Hartford superintendent of schools is working on next year’s budget proposal right now and will present it to the Board of Education on April 19.

Earlier this month, parents attended a meeting with school officials after hearing rumors that 14 positions could potentially be cut at Bulkeley High School.

At that meeting, the superintendent said she is eliminating a third of her senior leadership team “and I am then asking my team to make cuts within their departments."

In the past, the district said there’s a tight financial situation at the state and city levels, and they will do all they can to keep spending cuts away from the classroom.

We are continuing to learn more about this and will provide the latest on air and online.

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