Board of Education

  • Raising Children With Core Values

    To the Editor:

    One chance… that is how many times our children will have to go through our school system.  First grade, seventh grade, tenth grade – each and every grade level is impactful to a child’s intellectual and emotional development.  As parents, educators, community members we have one chance to give our children the best education possible at every grade level. If elected to the Board of Education I will make it our challenge to get it right the first and only chance we have.

  • State’s Minimum Budget Requirement Discussed At School Board Meeting

    State Representative Mitch Bolinsky spoke with the Board of Education at its meeting on Tuesday, October 20, about the state’s Substitute House Bill 7019, An Act Concerning The Minimum Budget Requirement.

  • PTAs And PTSA Host Board Of Ed Candidates Forum

    The Newtown PTAs and PTSA on Wednesday evening hosted an informational forum for Board of Education candidates running for election November 3. 

    Republicans Andrew Clure and David Freedman and Democrat Rebekah Harriman-Stites took turns answering questions prepared by the PTAs and PTSA along with those submitted by community members during the one-hour event held in the Newtown High School Lecture Hall. Candidate and Democrat John Vouros could not attend the forum, but a statement by Mr Vouros was read near the end of the event.

  • School Board Celebrates Newtown’s Teacher Of The Year

    Middle Gate Elementary School music teacher Tina Jones was recognized during the Board of Education’s meeting on Tuesday, September 15, during the board’s Celebration of Excellence portion of the meeting.

    Mrs Jones was selected by the district as the 2015-16 Newtown Public School Teacher of the Year, and the district announced the  honor in June.

    The Board of Education has a practice of highlighting accomplishment in the district during its Celebration of Excellence portion of meetings.

  • Committed To The Community, Dedicated To Smart Progress

    To the Editor:

    Throughout my eight years as a Newtown resident, I have been keenly aware that our community is based on the strong educational foundation that we provide to our children.  That is what excited me to run as a successful candidate two years ago for the Newtown Board of Education and still shapes my commitment to serve.

  • School Board Approves A Capital Spending Plan

    The Board of Education approved its Capital Improvement Plan (CIP) Tuesday, September 15, with the addition of a $1.62 million Hawley Elementary School boiler project.

    The project was added to the fourth year of the five-year spending plan.

  • High School Prepares For Approaching NEASC Visit

    As the Board of Education heard during a presentation at its September 1 meeting, years of work will culminate with a visit representatives of the New England Association of Schools and Colleges (NEASC) next month.

    “I’m really excited to be a part of this process with such an outstanding school and a dedicated staff who have put in such a great deal of time and energy and enthusiasm over the last few years,” said NHS Principal Lorrie Rodrigue.

  • A Passion For Public Service

    To the Editor:

    My passion for public service has inspired me to run for the Board of Education in Newtown, and I know my unique skill set will benefit the students and members of our community.

  • School Board Postpones CIP Decision Again

    For the second meeting in a row, the Board of Education postponed a decision on its five-year Capital Improvement Plan (CIP) on Tuesday, September 1.

    A decision is expected during the board’s next scheduled meeting, September 15.

  • Superintendent Delivers Enrollment Update

    During the Board of Education’s meeting on Tuesday, September 1, Superintendent of Schools Joseph V. Erardi, Jr, shared updated enrollment data.

    Dr Erardi compared enrollment information from the last day of the 2014-15 school year, June 17, and the first day this school year, Thursday, August 27, with the board.

    Using Head O’ Meadow Elementary School as the example, Dr Erardi said it closed the 2014-15 school year with 316 students and it started this school year with 297 students.