Superintendent of Schools

  • 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.

  • 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.

  • Erardi Comments On SBAC Results, Seen As "Baseline" Data

    Superintendent of Schools Joseph V. Erardi, Jr, responded to the state’s release of the Smarter Balanced Assessment Consortium (SBAC) exam results on August 28, by calling the results “baseline data.”

    The superintendent said on Monday that the new exam has no correlation with the Connecticut Mastery Test and the Connecticut Academic Performance test, which were administered in previous years.

    “The SBAC test is a different assessment. It just is,” said Dr Erardi.

  • School Board Celebrates Former Reed Students For Science Project

    Superintendent of Schools Joseph V. Erardi, Jr, announced a “neat celebration” during the Board of Education’s meeting on Tuesday, August 18.

  • School Supporters Create Newtown Education Foundation

    Residents Kristen Bonacci, Aaron Carlson, and Casey Ragan are behind an effort to launch a Newtown Education Foundation to support the local learning environment.

    The Newtown Education Foundation’s mission is to “enrich the learning experience for our students by promoting innovation and creativity through collaboration with the community,” according to a press release.

    As the co-founders, Ms Bonacci, Mr Carlson, and Ms Regan announced the foundation on Wednesday, August 26.

  • Schools To Implement A New System For Monitoring Visitors

    When the new school year begins, Newtown Public Schools will be equipped with a new visitor management system, Superintendent of Schools Joseph V. Erardi, Jr, announced this week in a letter to parents and staff.

  • Supt. Erardi’s Contract Extended

    The Board of Education voted to increase the superintendent of schools’ contracted salary by three percent and to extend his contract by one year at its special meeting on Wednesday, June 24.

    The decision came among a series of votes on agenda items before the board heard from the public regarding the possibility of closing Hawley Elementary School due to declining enrollment for the 2016-17 year. The board later voted not to close a school for the 2016-17 school year and to continue its discussion about the best use of district facilities.

  • NHS Scholars Luncheon Highlights Students And Inspiring Teachers

    The first Scholars Luncheon was held at Newtown High School on Friday, June 12, after school.

    The event, which was held in the school's cafetorium, brought students in the top five percent of the graduating Class of 2015 together with an educator that inspired them during the course of their educational career.

  • NMS Moving Up Ceremony Celebrates And Honors Students

    As Newtown Middle School Principal Tom Einhorn said during his school's Moving Up Ceremony on Monday, June 15, held at Western Connecticut State University's O'Neill Center in Danbury, the evening was being held to "congratulate and recognize our students."