“Sandy Hook School — 1956 — Visitors Welcome.” The white sign is now iconic, having appeared in countless news video clips and photographs following 12/14. The date, 1956, was the year the school opened, but its story began a couple of years earlier.
It was January 28, 1954, when the Board of Education conducted a special meeting to address the town’s rising population. Reports predicted such an overwhelming increase of school-aged children that another educational facility would be needed.
Upon waking the morning after the election, I was glad that the campaign for the Board of Education was behind me, but that is only because I know that working to secure the best opportunities for Newtown’s students is ahead.
The Board of Education unanimously approved a three-year contract between the Newtown Association of School Administrators and the Newtown Board of Education during its meeting on Tuesday, October 1, resulting from negotiations that began on July 3l.
The Board of Education unanimously approved, during its Tuesday, October 1, meeting, to seek a zoning variance from the Planning and Zoning Commission for an electric sign to be placed at Newtown High School’s entrance.
While Newtown is not feeling any major impacts from the federal government shutdown that went into effect on Tuesday, October 1, school district Business Director Ron Bienkowski described one small effect it has had on the district.
The Board of Education approved its budget development calendar for the 2014-15 fiscal year at its meeting on Tuesday, October 1.
According to the draft of the budget calendar, Interim Superintendent of Schools John Reed will present the proposed budget to the school board for analysis during a meeting scheduled for January 21. The school board will deliberate and vote for its budget by a scheduled February 6 meeting, before the budget is sent before the Board of Finance and the Legislative Council before going out to referendum on April 22.
With the October 5 referendum on the town accepting state financial assistance to demolish the Sandy Hook School building and to design and build a new facility, the Board of Education took up a few related topics during its meeting on September 17.
“As we discussed at a couple of other meetings,” Business Director Ronald Bienkowski told the school board Tuesday evening, “we are interested in retrieving useful items from Sandy Hook School before it is demolished.”