Superintendent of Schools Joseph V. Erardi, Jr, told the Board of Education during its Tuesday, April 21, meeting the district administration would like to launch a transportation survey.
The first draft of the survey was presented to the school board during the meeting, and by the end of the meeting, Dr Erardi said he would draft another version of the survey, reflecting the board’s responses from the meeting.
The Board of Education will be sending a letter to state officials in support of funding school-based health care centers, like the one recently opened at Newtown Middle School, in the state’s proposed budget.
As Chair Keith Alexander explained during his board’s Tuesday, April 21, meeting, the letter was drafted by school board Secretary Kathy Hamilton.
The Board of Education celebrated three Newtown Middle School students during its meeting on Tuesday, April 7, for earning awards in the state level of the PTA-sponsored Reflections Program.
“It’s extraordinary to have a local winner. It is extra extraordinary to have three,” said Superintendent of Schools Joseph V. Erardi, Jr, before he introduced the three students, eighth graders Stephanie Cobb and Ashley Solomon and seventh grader Julie Hess.
I am writing to share my concern with the community that the current Charter Revision Commission appears to be rewriting the language that will allow any one political party to hold five of the seven-seat Board of Education. This change ignores what Newtown voters approved in 2008 and as we have seen after the town attorney allowed five Republicans to be seated in 2013, our school district is paying a very heavy price.
I am writing to ask for the community’s support related to an important issue under review right now by the hard working Charter Revision Committee.
As some of you may recall, during the 2013 elections for Board of Education seats, controversy arose when one Newtown political party seated five of the seven member seats, despite a town charter rule intended to limit the number of seats of any one political party to a maximum of four.