After layoff notices, Westport teachers pack board of ed meeting

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Looming layoffs and a dispute over teacher benefits have cast a cloud over a potential budget for Westport's schools.

More than 100 teachers, many wearing red, packed the Staples High School cafeteria Monday night for a board of education meeting. Dozens of them declined to speak with News 12 Connecticut on camera.

Last week, the district sent layoff notices to 90 non-tenured teachers. It came after negotiations to join the state health plan broke down.

Westport's superintendent says the layoff notices were required, but it's possible that less than the 90 people who received them will actually lose their jobs.

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