Board of Education Chair Debbie Leidlein used some of her board’s meeting on Tuesday, November 19, to thank and honor two departing members.
The night marked the last meeting for members Richard Gaines and William Hart. Kathy Hamilton and Michelle Embree Ku, who were elected earlier this month, will take their seats on the board in December.
I want to give my sincere thanks to the voters of Newtown for providing me a chance to continue to serve on the Board of Education. This is truly an honor for me. I also wanted to thank my children, Garrett and Maddie, my mom and all of my friends for their support – without them I could not have done this.
I am writing to thank all of the voters of Newtown who voted for me last week. It will be a pleasure to serve all of you for the next two years.
I believe we are at a critical time in our community where we have the ability to work closely together across party lines to be the leaders in our state and across the country by creating a model of fiscal responsibility, social communication and transparency.
For a little more than an hour during their October 24 meeting, members of the finance board, Acting School Superintendent John Reed and Board of Education Chair Debbie Leidlein conducted a candid discussion about the upcoming budget process. Finance board Chairman John Kortze said he had asked the school officials to visit with his board early on in the process.
“Sandy Hook School — 1956 — Visitors Welcome.” The white sign is now iconic, having appeared in countless news video clips and photographs following 12/14. The date, 1956, was the year the school opened, but its story began a couple of years earlier.
It was January 28, 1954, when the Board of Education conducted a special meeting to address the town’s rising population. Reports predicted such an overwhelming increase of school-aged children that another educational facility would be needed.
Upon waking the morning after the election, I was glad that the campaign for the Board of Education was behind me, but that is only because I know that working to secure the best opportunities for Newtown’s students is ahead.
The Board of Education unanimously approved a three-year contract between the Newtown Association of School Administrators and the Newtown Board of Education during its meeting on Tuesday, October 1, resulting from negotiations that began on July 3l.