Board of Education

  • School Board Celebrates Newtown’s Teacher Of The Year

    Middle Gate Elementary School music teacher Tina Jones was recognized during the Board of Education’s meeting on Tuesday, September 15, during the board’s Celebration of Excellence portion of the meeting.

    Mrs Jones was selected by the district as the 2015-16 Newtown Public School Teacher of the Year, and the district announced the  honor in June.

    The Board of Education has a practice of highlighting accomplishment in the district during its Celebration of Excellence portion of meetings.

  • Committed To The Community, Dedicated To Smart Progress

    To the Editor:

    Throughout my eight years as a Newtown resident, I have been keenly aware that our community is based on the strong educational foundation that we provide to our children.  That is what excited me to run as a successful candidate two years ago for the Newtown Board of Education and still shapes my commitment to serve.

  • School Board Approves A Capital Spending Plan

    The Board of Education approved its Capital Improvement Plan (CIP) Tuesday, September 15, with the addition of a $1.62 million Hawley Elementary School boiler project.

    The project was added to the fourth year of the five-year spending plan.

  • High School Prepares For Approaching NEASC Visit

    As the Board of Education heard during a presentation at its September 1 meeting, years of work will culminate with a visit representatives of the New England Association of Schools and Colleges (NEASC) next month.

    “I’m really excited to be a part of this process with such an outstanding school and a dedicated staff who have put in such a great deal of time and energy and enthusiasm over the last few years,” said NHS Principal Lorrie Rodrigue.

  • A Passion For Public Service

    To the Editor:

    My passion for public service has inspired me to run for the Board of Education in Newtown, and I know my unique skill set will benefit the students and members of our community.

  • School Board Postpones CIP Decision Again

    For the second meeting in a row, the Board of Education postponed a decision on its five-year Capital Improvement Plan (CIP) on Tuesday, September 1.

    A decision is expected during the board’s next scheduled meeting, September 15.

  • 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.