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Public Building and Site Commission and Board of Education members described one of three design schemes for the new Sandy Hook Elementary School as elegant, efficient, and simple. The plans were presented by Svigals + Partners Tuesday, February 11, at a joint meeting of the two boards.
“We’re here today to show you the first thing that we have shown you in the design for the school,” said Julia McFadden, an associate principal with Svigals + Partners and the project manager for the Sandy Hook School project. “We’re going to give you an overview of how we got here and how the process got us to these design options.”
The three designs, Ms McFadden said, were born from a months-long process.
From mid-October until mid-November representatives of Svigals + Partners met with community members during workshops and interviews. Tours of other recently built schools in the state have been conducted, and a site analysis was completed, according to Tuesday’s presentation. The Board of Education approved the educational specifications for the new Sandy Hook School in December.
The Board of Education unanimously selected former Ridgefield High School principal Jeffrey Jaslow to be the interim principal at Newtown High School, effective February 19, during its Tuesday, February 11 special meeting.
Mr Jaslow retired after 36 years at Ridgefield High School in 2012. According to his resume he spent 15 years as a biology teacher, 15 years as an assistant principal, and six years as the school’s principal...
Newtown VFW Post 308 will celebrate its 75th anniversary with an afternoon event on Sunday, March 2, beginning at 1 pm. The Veterans of Foreign Wars, a fraternal organization, began in 1899 after the Spanish American War. As of today, there almost 7,000 VFW posts in the United States. Newtown’s post, founded in March 1939, is the eighth oldest in Connecticut. The public is invited to join members of VFW Post 308 for the March 2 celebration. Cocktails, hors d’oeuvres and cake will be served. Also, Past Connecticut State Commander Ed Zamm (1960-61) will present a citation from the National VFW Commander-in-Chief at the celebration.
Scott Langner was so excited when he learned he could one day move into an apartment with friends that he soon began talking about the invitations he’d use for his housewarming party. He’d seen his older brother and sister go off to college and then their own apartments, and his parents hoped that Scott, who has developmental disabilities, autism and a seizure disorder, would eventually be able to move into a home with his friends, with supports funded by the state Department of Developmental Services. But last year, they learned that was unlikely to happen. His mother, Collette Bement Langner, said they were told that DDS no longer has the money to provide him residential supports, and that Scott would likely live with his parents until they die. Now Scott, 27, is reluctant to even consider developing skills that would help him live more independently. When his mother suggested learning to cook, he told her, “I don’t want to talk about that anymore. That makes me really sad. I don’t want you to die.”
Police are investigating “a suspicious incident,” in which a man, who was driving a dark-colored sedan near the intersection of Glover Avenue and Main Street, stopped and unsuccessfully offered a ride to a lone 13-year-old boy who was walking home from Newtown Middle School on the afternoon of Monday, February 10.
There were no injuries in the incident.
Police Lieutenant George Sinko, who oversees the police department’s patrol unit, said February 11 that police have no suspects in the case, but are working with police in other towns in the probe.
“We have a couple of leads we’re looking into,” Lt Sinko said.
After turning down the ride, the youth ran home, where he called a parent, who then called the school, which then called police about the brief incident.
According to its Facebook page, the 2014 Relay For Life of Newtown kickoff meeting has been rescheduled to tonight. The event, which was originally scheduled for Monday, February 3, was postponed last week due to the first of two snowstorms that blanketed the region with snow during the week. The kickoff will now take place Monday, February 10, at 7 pm, in the Newtown High School Lecture Hall.
Ready to answer selectmen’s questions about their Park Gift Fund, a small account that has swelled due to a flood of post-12/14 contributions, Parks and Recreation Department Chairman Amy Mangold and commission Chairman Ed Marks spoke with selectmen Monday, February 3.
As of January 31 this year, an influx of funds supporting a playground project, dog park, trees, gardens, and scholarships, the Park Gift Fund total is $299,785.88.
The state Department of Transportation (DOT) has scheduled a public informational meeting for Tuesday, February 11, on its plans to replace an antiquated bridge and to alleviate a traffic bottleneck on the section of Sugar Street (Route 302) just west of its signalized intersection with Main Street, South Main Street, and Glover Avenue.The meeting is scheduled for 7 pm at Newtown Municipal Center, 3 Primrose Street. The inclement weather date for the session is Wednesday, February 26.
During its final workshop meeting for the 2014-15 budget, the Board of Education passed a budget proposal on Thursday, February 6, with no increase over the previous year.The board also tabled a second motion that would have submitted a security budget, separate from the school board's 2014-15 budget, onto the Board of Selectman, Board of Finance, and Legislative Council to review. Interim Superintendent of Schools John Reed presented his budget on January 23. The superintendent’s proposed operating budget for 2014-15 totaled $71,580,034, which reflected a $534,730, or a 0.75 percent, increase over the 2013-14 $71,045,304 budget. After Dr Reed explained he believes he can use grant money and move some projects to the current budget to reduce his first 2014-15 budget proposal by $395,249, the school board deliberated other areas where reductions could be made.