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  • School Superintendent Search Continues

    Board of Education Vice Chair Laura Roche said, during the board’s Tuesday, October 1, meeting, the district’s search for a permanent superintendent of school is going well.

  • BOE Votes To Move Forward With SHS Asset Reclamation Efforts

    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.”

  • School Board Begins Superintendent Search

    The Newtown Board of Education announced Tuesday that it is starting its search for a permanent superintendent, while also expressing its gratitude to John Reed for serving as interim superintendent of schools.

  • BOE Hires Assistant Principals For 2013-14 School Year

    With two unanimous votes, the Board of Education hired an interim assistant principal for Newtown High School and an acting assistant principal for Sandy Hook Elementary School during its meeting on Tuesday, August 20.

  • Firm Selected For Superintendent Search

    The Board of Education moved one step further in its search for a superintendent during a special meeting on Tuesday, August 6, when it unanimously voted to hire the Connecticut Association of Boards of Education (CABE) to act as a consultant.

    Board of Education Chair Debbie Leidlein said, following the meeting, that it was a tough decision between CABE and Cooperative Education Services (CES), based out of Trumbull, as both firms were good contenders.

  • Is The School Board A Closed Shop?

    (The following letter to the Newtown Board of Education has been received for publication.)

    Last week I sent the following email to each member of the Board of Education. Not one of the seven members has acknowledged it or responded. Hopefully some of them read The Newtown Bee so I am submitting my concerns in this venue.

    To Members of the Board of Education:

  • School Board Fills Vacant Seat With Former Member

    By Eliza Hallabeck

    The Board of Education unanimously appointed Kathy Hamilton, formerly Kathy Fetchick, to fill a vacant seat, left open by board Secretary Cody McCubbin, at a special meeting on Wednesday, July 10.

    Ms Hamilton, who has served on the Legislative Council since September 2010, previously served as the Board of Education’s vice chair.

  • Thanks To Janet Robinson

    (The following letter to departing Superintendent of Schools Janet Robinson has been received for publication.)

    Dear Janet Robinson,

  • School Board Approves 2013-14 Budget With Full-Day K

    The Board of Education unanimously approved its 2013-14 budget Tuesday, June 18, with adjustments recommended by Acting Superintendent of Schools John Reed to allow the implementation of full-day kindergarten.

  • State Labor Board Dismisses Owner-Operators Complaint Against School District

    The State Board of Labor Relations has dismissed a complaint filed by Newtown’s owner-operators against the Board of Education. Carey Shierloh, a representative for the complainants and a former town owner-operator, said she and several other former drivers she spoke with were very disappointed by the decision.