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Southington to go without varsity football

Board looks to the future after team can’t field enough players

SOUTHINGTON — Because of a lack of students, Southington will not have a varsity football team this season.

School officials said they hope to be able to change this in the future.

Superintendent Rocco Nero said at the recent board of education meeting varsity football was canceled this season because there were not enough players to field a team.

“We are still having the players practice, and we are hoping to build the program. We are not giving up on it. We hope to at least have a JV schedule next year,” Nero said.

The seventh- and eighth-grade football combined this season with Windham in order to play, but they are not in the Ohio High School Athletic Association.

High School Principal Bob Kujala said between nine and 15 players come to practice, but even it isn’t always consistent and not enough for a team.

In other business, the board:

• Approved the seventh- and eighth-grade field trip to Washington, D.C., on May 13 to 16, 2022;

• Approved increasing the hours of Jillian Beck, health care professional, from six to 7.5 hours per day;

• Approved course fee of $45 for grades K through 8, which does not include the cost of extracurricular activities.

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