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  • St Rose School Threat Prompts Lock-In Security Status

    School Superintendent Joseph Erardi, Jr, said in a prepared statement issued at 2:22 pm Friday, November 14 that, “Earlier this afternoon, St Rose School received a threatening call.”

    That school was placed on a “lock-in closed” status,” he said. The parochial school is located at 40 Church Hill Road.

    During such situations, visitors are not allowed on school grounds and all people in the school remain inside the building.

  • Police Lift Lock-In Security Status At Local Schools

    Police said at 3:15 pm on Friday, November 14, that security statuses put in place at three local schools have been lifted following their initial probe into a threat of harm made against St Rose School Friday afternoon.

    Police Sergeant Aaron Bahamonde said at 3:15 pm that a “lock-in closed” security status at St Rose School at 40 Church Hill Road has been lifted, as well as “lock-in open” statuses at the nearby Hawley School and Newtown Middle School.

  • A New Piece In The Budget Puzzle

    Newtown’s school and municipal officials have a new piece to fit into the town’s annual budget puzzle this year — a new priority, a new expense, a new conundrum. As the town transitions from the various ad hoc arrangements it established in the wake of 12/14 to better secure local schools, the Board of Education, at the urging of First Selectman Pat Llodra, has proposed a security budget totaling just under $3 million that is separate from the school board’s proposed $71.5 million operating budget for 2014-15.

  • Security Precautions At The High School

    To the Editor:

    The Newtown High School has installed new protocols regarding students and visitors entering the building. Although some of these new procedures might be unnecessarily over cautious (drop boxes in vestibule for items to be delivered to students and adults surrendering car keys to security), hopefully these new steps will deter someone with bad intentions from committing violence in the school.

  • Private Schools Deserve Better Public Security Measures

    To the Editor:

    As a Newtown taxpayer, who continues to see his taxes go up, I was dismayed when I learned that my child is not as important to the town as the kids going to the public school. It is my understanding that St Rose, and other private schools in Newtown, will not be given the same security measures due to it being a private school. 

  • New Beginnings At The Bus Stop

    It is a paradox of human relations that the ones we hold closest to our hearts thrive when we loosen our grip. Given what we know about child development and education, it is easy for parents to see the sense of it. But Tuesday morning, as children headed out to the bus stops, this small “letting go” for the coming school year may have, for many, proved to be a most difficult moment of surrender. Newtown is no longer a town where people can find consolation by telling themselves that things always turn out for the best.

  • Concerned By Library Director’s Behavior

    To The Editor:

    Concerned about the happenings at Booth Library since Director Shawn Fields took over on July 1st, I attended the library focus group session on August 24th. Unfortunately, I came away with additional concerns. I am deeply concerned about the work environment of the staff. I am perplexed and disappointed about losing Andrea Zimmermann from that staff. And I certainly don't think making big changes when brand-spanking new to a job shows much wisdom.

  • State Approves $100,000 For Security Upgrades For Children's Adventure Center

    HARTFORD— The state’s Bond Commission announced on Friday, July 26, its approval of $100,000 in grants for upgrades to school security at The Children’s Adventure Center (CAC).

    “This is a great day for more than the Children’s Adventure Center. This grant is also a strong statement about Connecticut’s and the Office of Early Childhood’s commitment to our state’s most valuable natural resource, our children,” said State Rep Mitch Bolinsky (R-106).

  • Finance Bd. OKs More Police, Vehicles, And Private School Grants For Security

    Following several motions and proposed amendments at a Board of Finance meeting Monday, March 11, officials unanimously recommended setting aside $420,000 in a contingency account to hire and train additional police officers and providing them with vehicles to guard public elementary schools.

    The board also unanimously recommended funding a grant program for three local private schools to help pay for additional security measures.

  • Provide The Same Protection To All The Schools

    To the Editor: