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  • School Board Considers Staff Child Care Program

    Superintendent of Schools Joseph V. Erardi, Jr, introduced the idea of a district staff child care program at the Board of Education’s meeting on Tuesday, February 17.

    Dr Erardi said the program presented to the school board comes “with the energy from [Monroe Learning Center Director Dawn Ryan], hoping that the Newtown board will look to support the opportunity.”

  • Proposed 2015–16 School Budget Presented To BOF

    The Board of Finance opened its meeting on Thursday, February 19, with a public hearing on the proposed 2015–16 town of Newtown budget.

    Most who spoke, shared opinions specifically on the school district’s proposed 2015–16 budget, which was later presented to the Board of Finance by Board of Education Chair Keith Alexander and Superintendent of Schools Joseph V. Erardi, Jr.

  • School Board Passes Superintendent’s Budget

    The Board of Education voted to adopt its 2015-16 budget on Thursday, February 5, with minimal changes the superintendent made to his original proposal.

    The school board’s adopted 2015-16 budget represents a $72,253,488 spending plan, a 1.27 percent increase over the 2014-15 budget.

  • Board Approves 2015-16 School Calendar, Finances Also Discussed

    The 2015-16 school calendar unanimously passed the Board of Education during its meeting on Tuesday, January 20.

    Superintendent of Schools Joseph V. Erardi, Jr, said the 2015-16 school calendar presented to the school board this week represents community input and responses to concerns voiced by school board members.

  • Year In Review: Transitions Changed The Face Of Newtown’s School Administration In 2014

    The lineup of Newtown’s administrative team changed in 2014.

    At the start of the year, the Board of Education was conducting a search for a new superintendent of schools. On January 10, five members of the school board were ready to head to Southington to conduct a site visit with that district’s then-superintendent, Joseph V. Erardi, Jr.

    The visit was part of the interview process, as BOE Vice Chair Laura Roche told The Bee.

  • The Top of the Mountain

    Newtown children’s book author and illustrator Paul Meisel has illustrated Chapter 2 of a serialized kids’ mystery e-book, to be released one chapter at a time, beginning January 4. Mr Meisel is among many Connecticut authors/illustrator to volunteer their time to write and illustrate The Great Connecticut Caper, the brainchild of the Connecticut Humanities’ Connecticut Center for the Book. The book follows the adventures of a couple of 11-year-old kids hot on the trail of finding the missing Gillette Castle in East Haddam.

  • BOE Hears NICE Report And Songs From Hawley Third Graders

    During a report from Newtown International Center for Education (NICE) Executive Council members, the Board of Education learned of a new strategic plan for the program at its meeting on December 16.

    NICE Executive Council members Tim DeJulio, Liz Ward-Toller, and Jen Davidson explained goals and objectives for the program along with presenting the strategic plan.

  • School Board Changes Its Plan For NHS Auditorium Project

    After reviewing new information, the Board of Education, during its meeting on October 21, voted to change its previously approved plans for a proposed Newtown High School auditorium renovation.

    During its meeting on October 7, the school board voted to request a special appropriation for the project, and authorized the Public Building & Site Commission to have oversight of the renovation.

  • School Board Hears Pitch For More NHS Sports

    Newtown High School Principal Lorrie Rodrigue and Athletic Director Gregg Simon promoted the benefits of athletics and shared a vision for the future of sports at NHS with the Board of Education during its meeting on October 21.

    “If you have been to a sports event as an educator or a parent or, of course, as a community member, you really realize how truly lucky we are of the tremendous support that is shown on behalf of our students throughout the year,” said Dr Rodrigue.

  • School Board Honors Ashley Gong

    Continuing its practice of highlighting excellence, the Board of Education honored Newtown High School junior Ashley Gong at its meeting on Tuesday, October 7.