Most taxpayers have little or no interest in municipal sewers, unless they stop working. But the Board of Finance has approved funding the construction phase of a Hawleyville sewer extension that is expected to serve as a catalyst for significant economic development in the area. That prospect could provide measurable relief for residential taxpayers if large-scale commercial developments expected to tie into that new sewer extension help offset residential taxation in the coming years. At a 45-minute presentation by Public Works Director Fred Hurley on January 23, during which he formally requested a $2.8 million appropriation designated for that project in the Capital Improvement Plan, the public works head reviewed a benefit assessment that identifies the potential cost to owners of properties that would be tied into the sewer.
Newtown Middle School eighth graders were recognized during the Regional Hospice and Home Care Annual Meeting in Danbury earlier this month. Paul L. Sirois, newly appointed executive director of the Regional Hospice Foundation, was pleased to recognize the seven Newtown Middle School students who make up the Kids In Deed Organization (KIDOs) with youth service awards for remarkable fundraising efforts. The students have pledged to raise $50,000 to pay for the playground equipment that will be placed outside the wing that houses Healing Hearts Center for Grieving Children and Families. As of November KIDOs had raised nearly $28,000.
For the second meeting in a row, Board of Finance Joe Kearney spent time reviewing school enrollment and budget trends. While most of the core data he reviewed was the same as information Mr Kearney initially presented on January 23, he did adjust the coming year’s data to accommodate the 0.75 percent increase that Interim Superintendent John Reed requested from the Board of Education during a meeting on the same evening.
Mr Kearney’s review also updated school enrollment projections from the overall number of 4,951 to 4,716 — a figure the school board is using in its 2014-15 budget proposal.
Following Interim Superintendent of Schools John Reed’s presentation of his proposed budget for the 2014-15 fiscal year on Thursday, January 23, the Board of Education began hearing from advocates for different parts of the budget.The school board heard from representatives of the elementary schools and Reed Intermediate School Principal Anne Uberti on January 23, and from Newtown Middle School Principal Thomas Einhorn, Newtown High School Principal Charles Dumais, Director of Pupil Services Julie Haggard, and Newtown Continuing Education Director Elissa Gellis at its meeting on Tuesday, January 28. As presented by Dr Reed, the proposed 2014-15 $71,580,034 school budget represents an increase of $534,730, reflecting a 0.75 percent change over the 2013-14 budget. “As you go through the elementary school budgets,” Head O’ Meadow Principal Barbara Gasparine began on Thursday, “you will see that they are status quo budgets. No new programs. No new staff...
Join Newtown Forest Association (NFA) member Aaron Coopersmith on a guided hike through the Brunot Preserve off Taunton Hill Road on Saturday, February 1, at noon. All are welcome on the two-mile walk through the wooded area. Wear warm clothing and footwear.
People interested in obtaining copies of a lapel pin which commemorates the 12/14/12 shooting incident at Sandy Hook Elementary School may do so by contacting David Rohner, the Central Connecticut State University student who had the pins created. The black, white, and gold-colored pin bears the Town of Newtown seal and holds the legend: “Forever In Our Hearts / Sandy Hook Elementary / Never Forget 12/14/12.” The pin also includes the twisted black ribbon which symbolizes the event. They are available for $5 each.
Over 300 high school students from a dozen schools in southwestern Connecticut will be participating in the 14th Annual Southern Connecticut Science & Engineering Fair. The fair, sponsored by the Southern Connecticut Science & Engineering Foundation (SCSEF), will be Saturday, February 8, from 8 am until 3 pm, at Newtown High School. Judges are sought who have a background in life, physical or social sciences, mathematics or engineering. Volunteers will be asked to judge five to eight projects or research proposals in Life Sciences, Physical Sciences, or Engineering. Their work will be done by 1 pm. The volunteers are welcome to stay for the event's awards ceremony as well as the keynote address by journalist, author and Emmy Award-winning TV host David Pogue.