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  • Graduation, Moving Up Ceremony Dates Set

    The Board of Education voted to schedule the Newtown High School graduation ceremony and the Newtown Middle School Moving Up ceremony during its meeting on Tuesday, April 7.

    Both ceremonies will be held at Western Connecticut State University’s O’Neill Center in Danbury.

    The NHS graduation ceremony will be held  on Tuesday, June 16, at 4 pm.

    The NMS Moving Up Ceremony will be held on Monday, June 15, at 5:30 pm.

  • Charter Error Needs To Be Corrected, Not Codified

    To the Editor:

    I am writing to share my concern with the community that the current Charter Revision Commission appears to be rewriting the language that will allow any one political party to hold five of the seven-seat Board of Education.  This change ignores what Newtown voters approved in 2008 and as we have seen after the town attorney allowed five Republicans to be seated in 2013, our school district is paying a very heavy price.

  • Original Intent

    To the Editor:

    I am writing to ask for the community’s support related to an important issue under review right now by the hard working Charter Revision Committee. 

    As some of you may recall, during the 2013 elections for Board of Education seats, controversy arose when one Newtown political party seated five of the seven member seats, despite a town charter rule intended to limit the number of seats of any one political party to a maximum of four.

  • Advocacy Group Releases New School Budget Fact Sheet

    The Newtown Education Advocacy Group (NEAG) has released an updated budget fact sheet to share information about the proposed 2015-16 school budget.

    The fact sheet was prepared by NEAG in collaboration with the school district’s Central Office, Superintendent of Schools Joseph V. Erardi, Jr, and with Newtown’s PTAs and its PTSA.

  • Education By A Thousand Cuts

    To the Editor:

    At this late stage of the education budget review process, everyone is focused on the cost of transportation, gasoline, heating oil, medical plan savings, etc. Long forgotten by the Superintendent and the BOE is the $2.6M of resources requested by school principals that were denied in January.

  • Proposed School Budget Discussed At Community Forum

    Superintendent of Schools Joseph V. Erardi, Jr., offered an overview of the proposed 2015-16 budget during an evening Community Forum on Tuesday, March 10.

    Others, including Board of Education Chair Keith Alexander, also spoke at the event, and time was set aside for parents to ask questions regarding the proposed budget.

    The community forum was hosted by the districts PTAs and the high school’s PTSA.

  • School Budget Increase Pared To 0.8 Percent

    On March 2, the Board of Finance continued its review of local budget requests for the 2015-16 fiscal cycle, examining dozens of details in the Board of Education’s $72,253,488 proposal representing a 1.27 percent hike over the current year.

    But less than two days later, the district adjusted its budget request to $71,915,679, representing a 0.8 percent increase, because of an action to reduce district contributions to the town’s self-insured employee health plan.

  • Sacrificing Freedom For Security

    To the Editor:

    I am writing to you and my fellow residents in Newtown, especially those on the Police Commission and the Board of Education, so that you may know that students are citizens with Constitutional Rights.

  • School Board Considers Staff Child Care Program

    Superintendent of Schools Joseph V. Erardi, Jr, introduced the idea of a district staff child care program at the Board of Education’s meeting on Tuesday, February 17.

    Dr Erardi said the program presented to the school board comes “with the energy from [Monroe Learning Center Director Dawn Ryan], hoping that the Newtown board will look to support the opportunity.”

  • Proposed 2015–16 School Budget Presented To BOF

    The Board of Finance opened its meeting on Thursday, February 19, with a public hearing on the proposed 2015–16 town of Newtown budget.

    Most who spoke, shared opinions specifically on the school district’s proposed 2015–16 budget, which was later presented to the Board of Finance by Board of Education Chair Keith Alexander and Superintendent of Schools Joseph V. Erardi, Jr.