Board of Education

  • 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.

  • School Board Approves Phase 6 Of SHES Project

    Geralyn Hoerauf of Diversified Project Management presented the sixth phase of the new Sandy Hook Elementary School building project before the Board of Education during its meeting on Tuesday, September 1.

    “As you might recall, every time we submit a phase to the State of Connecticut, we have to have that phase of construction documents and budget approved first by the Public Building and Site Commission as the building committee then you bring them to the Board of Ed,” said Ms Hoerauf.

  • 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.

  • A School-Year Convocation

    The convocation on Monday of educators and school district staff at Newtown High School was true to its name, which according to its Latin root (convocare) is a great calling together. The Board of Education, Legislative Council, selectmen, finance board members, school administrators, teachers, and professional and skilled staff members gathered to acknowledge the start of a new school year and to appreciate the portents in this moment of their togetherness.

  • School Board Approves Lunch Program Increase

    The Board of Education approved a 25-cent increase for the district’s school lunch program during its meeting on August 18.

    Business Director Ron Bienkowski explained the school board would normally have made its decision to renew the district’s contract with Chartwells earlier in the year, but the state notified towns of provisions in some contracts with food providers that are not allowed by the Food and Drug Administration following an audit by the federal government.

  • School Board Postpones CIP Decision

    The Board of Education postponed a decision on its five-year Capital Improvement Plan (CIP) during its meeting Tuesday, August 18, and discussed looking at a  proposed Hawley Elementary School heating, ventilating, and air conditioning (HVAC) project further.

  • Republicans Come Around On The Charter

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  • 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.