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  • I’m Looking Forward To The Day

    To the Editor:

    I had the opportunity to read your latest Editorial Ink Drops titled “The Budget and Our Quaint Political Wisdom” [4/24/15], and while it appears to include a rebuttal of sorts to my own letter from two days ago, I do acknowledge that I failed to properly qualify those I described as “Wolves in Sheep’s Clothing.”

  • Technology Spending Plan Presented To School Board

    The Board of Education heard a long-term/five-year spending plan presentation from the district’s Director of Technology Carmella Amodeo at its Tuesday, April 21, meeting.

    “This is the continuation of the flattening or smoothing of technology spending over a five-year period,” Superintendent of Schools Joseph V. Erardi, Jr, said near the start of the presentation.

  • Superintendent Drafting Transportation Survey For Parents

    Superintendent of Schools Joseph V. Erardi, Jr, told the Board of Education during its Tuesday, April 21, meeting the district administration would like to launch a transportation survey.

    The first draft of the survey was presented to the school board during the meeting, and by the end of the meeting, Dr Erardi said he would draft another version of the survey, reflecting the board’s responses from the meeting.

  • School Board To State: Support School-Based Health Centers

    The Board of Education will be sending a letter to state officials in support of funding school-based health care centers, like the one recently opened at Newtown Middle School, in the state’s proposed budget.

    As Chair Keith Alexander explained during his board’s Tuesday, April 21, meeting, the letter was drafted by school board Secretary Kathy Hamilton.

  • School Board Celebrates NMS Reflections Participants

    The Board of Education celebrated three Newtown Middle School students during its meeting on Tuesday, April 7, for earning awards in the state level of the PTA-sponsored Reflections Program.

    “It’s extraordinary to have a local winner. It is extra extraordinary to have three,” said Superintendent of Schools Joseph V. Erardi, Jr, before he introduced the three students, eighth graders Stephanie Cobb and Ashley Solomon and seventh grader Julie Hess.

  • When The Anomaly Becomes The Rule

    To the Editor:

  • 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.