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  • School Budget Approved With No Increase, Security Budget Tabled

    After reviewing its budget goals for the 2014-15 fiscal year, the Board of Education approved a spending plan during its meeting on Thursday, February 6, with no increase over the previous year.

    The board also tabled a second motion that would have submitted a security budget, separate from the school board’s 2014-15 budget, on to the Board of Selectman, Board of Finance, and Legislative Council for review.

  • Llodra Updates School Board On Security Plan

    For the second workshop meeting in a row, the Board of Education discussed security measures in the school district on Tuesday, February 4.

    Tuesday’s meeting marked the next-to-last budget workshop meeting for the school board. It is scheduled to adopt its 2014-15 budget on Thursday, February 6.

  • School Board Budget Review Focuses On Security

    While continuing its review of the superintendent’s proposed operating budget for the 2014-15 fiscal year, the Board of Education took up the topic of security during its workshop meeting on Thursday, January 30.

  • BOE Begins Reviewing Superintendent’s Budget

    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.

  • Superintendent's Proposed Budget Outlines 0.75 Percent Increase

    Interim Superintendent of Schools John Reed shared an overview of his proposed operating budget for the 2014-15 fiscal year during the school board’s Thursday, January 23 meeting.

    After reviewing both increases and decreases, which include certified and noncertified positions, proposed in the budget, Dr Reed said the total change from the current 2013-14 $71,045,304 budget, is an increase of $534,730, reflecting a 0.75 percent change.

  • School Board Unanimously Selects New Superintendent

    The Newtown Board of Education unanimously voted to name Joseph Erardi, Jr, as the school district's new superintendent during a special meeting held on Friday, January 17.

    According to a press release from the school board, read by BOE Vice Chair Laura Roche during the meeting, it is anticipated that Dr Erardi will begin his new position as early as the spring.

  • School Board Approves Unexpended Education Funds Account

    After being presented by Business Director Ronald Bienkowski, the Board of Education unanimously approved during its meeting on Tuesday, January 7, a request for the Board of Finance to establish an unexpended education funds account.

    A public act enacted in June of 2011, Mr Bienkowski said, allows for the use of an unexpended education funds account for school boards.

  • School Board Communications Panel To Offer Budget Newsletters

    Following a report by Board of Education Vice Chair Laura Roche, the school board voted unanimously on Tuesday, January 7, to allow its Communications Committee to send budget newsletters on behalf of the board.

    Ms Roche explained the procedure was used last year, but the Communications Committee wanted the school board, with new members, to vote on it for this year.

  • School Board OKs New NHS Graduation Requirements

    After Assistant Superintendent of Schools Linda Gejda recommended a course of dealing with upcoming state high school graduation requirements, the Board of Education unanimously voted on Tuesday, January 7, to increase requirements for the graduating classes of 2018, 2019, and 2020.

     During the school board’s December 3 meeting, Newtown High School Principal Charles Dumais outlined possible needs and ways to meet the state’s 2020 graduation requirements.

  • Officials Flag Student Enrollment Decline As Significant Taxpayer Concern

    A growing number of officials believe that helping residents better understand the relationship between declining student enrollment and the amount school leaders will ask taxpayers to underwrite next year could help pass the annual budget referendum sooner.

    Providing additional evidence to taxpayers that town and district leaders are working collaboratively, and with mutual support for each other’s spending proposals, could also go far toward propelling a first-round budget vote to passage, some officials believe.