The Board of Finance has no line item authority over the school district budget request, but that did not stop its members from suggesting myriad ways the Board of Education and district administration could shave its $73,042,343 spending plan without necessarily eliminating key components like planned security enhancements, technology upgrades, facility maintenance and even full-day kindergarten. In the end, after nearly more than two hours of questioning school officials and deliberating several motions, the finance board settled on reducing the district’s proposed 6.54 percent increase for the 2013-14 fiscal year by a little more than one percent.
While there was no direct discussion on the subject during a March 12 Board of Finance meeting, Town Finance Director Robert Tait circulated documentation showing a municipal special revenue fund established in the wake of the 12/14 tragedy increased by about $80,000 in the past five weeks. Mr Tait’s update also showed a school district private purpose fund designated for scholarships and other district needs increased by about $5,000 since February 6.Mr Tait’s update also showed a school district private purpose fund designated for scholarships and other district needs increased by about $5,000 since February 6. Based on the finance director’s report,the special revenue fund is still anticipating receiving $150,000 from a Sandy Hook memorial initiative and $50,000 from Danbury-based Praxair to underwrite the cost of a mental health professional
Before the soft click of so many rotating wheels embarked on a journey to Washington, D.C., from Sandy Hook, a large rally took place at Reed Intermediate School Saturday, March 9, to send off the members of Team 26. Four hundred miles later, Team 26 arrived in Washington, D.C., on Tuesday, March 12.
Fresh Air Fund Chairperson for Newtown Marie Athans is throwing a pizza party on March 20 — Fresh Air Day.
Looking forward to the first day of spring on that same day, she welcomes Fresh Air host families who have welcomed a child or are thinking of welcoming a New York City child into their homes this summer. The party will be at Franco’s Pizza in Sand Hill Plaza, 228 South Main Street, Newtown at 4:30 pm, kicking off the fresh air celebration, she said.
Governor Dannel P. Malloy ordered US and Connecticut flags to fly at half-staff to honor Army Captain Andrew M. Pedersen-Keel who was killed in action while serving in Afghanistan. The order was issued on Wednesday, March 13. Capt Pedersen-Keel, 28, whose mother lives in Madison, was a member of Company B, 1st Battalion, 3rd Special Forces Group out of Fort Bragg, North Carolina. He was killed on Monday, March 11, by a member of the Afghan National Police while conducting a patrol brief in the Jalrez District.
WASHINGTON – The 26 gun control activists who biked from Newtown to Washington, arriving Tuesday, belong to a growing group of Newtown residents who, with the help of national groups, are becoming a lobbying force on Capitol Hill.
The residents and family members of the 26 killed in the Sandy Hook Elementary School shootings are a powerful reminder of the tragedy for lawmakers and reporters, who sometimes have short attention spans.
The National Rifle Association and three makers of AR-15 rifles filled the Legislative Office Building with gun owners and firearms workers Monday, a show of force intended to blunt the reach of gun-control legislation now being negotiated by the General Assembly's leadership.
The Democratic and Republican leaders of the House and Senate adjourned without a deal at 5 p.m. after a third day of negotiations. A spokesman for House Speaker J. Brendan Sharkey, D-Hamden, said they had “another productive day and will meet again tomorrow.”
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.
A large purple butterfly on the building’s front door greeted Newtown Bee employees on Friday, March 8, to honor Dylan Hockley, one of the student victims on 12/14, on what would have been his seventh birthday.
HARTFORD – Governor Dannel P Malloy held a bill signing ceremony at the State Capitol on Tuesday to commemorate the passage of legislation that creates a special fund to assist individuals who suffered psychological trauma as a result of their work related to the Sandy Hook tragedy. He was joined by a bipartisan group of lawmakers, Newtown First Selectman Pat Llodra, Newtown Police Captain Joe Rios, and others to mark the occasion.The Sandy Hook Workers Assistance Fund will be funded through private donations and provide support to volunteer and professional workers, including first responders, school employees, and others, who are suffering from mental health issues as a result of the tragedy.