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  • Close No Schools: Heal and Grow Newtown

    To the Editor:

    If you were fortunate enough to be on Church Hill Road Wednesday morning, you might have seen the best illustration of why we need Hawley School in the center of our town: 50 kindergartners joyously marched along the sidewalk from Hawley to Big Y on an annual field trip that has become one of the beloved traditions of the school. It was beautiful. It was educational. It was community. It was a visible sign of the heart of Newtown.

  • Heed The Voice Of The Community On Hawley’s Future

    To the Editor:

    We are writing to express our strong opposition to the recommendation of closing Hawley Elementary School and our deep concerns as members of the Newtown community.

    We moved to Newtown three years ago looking for the best education for our oldest son who was about to enter Kindergarten in 2011. Currently our children attend Hawley  (3rd and 2nd grade) and in the near future kinder garden in 2016. We have read Dr. Erardi presentation to the BOE and we have so many concerns.

  • School Board Honors Retiring Educators

    Superintendent of Schools Joseph V. Erardi, Jr, noted at the Board of Education’s meeting on Tuesday, June 2, that the educators who will be retiring at the end of this school year have spent a total of 354 years working in the district.

    Recognizing and celebrating the “careers of master teachers,” Dr Erardi said, is one of his favorite things to do as a superintendent.

  • Facility And Enrollment Study Assesses Hawley Or Middle School Closing

    A facility and enrollment study, presented by Superintendent of Schools Joseph V. Erardi, Jr, at the Board of Education’s meeting on Tuesday, June 2, recommends closing Hawley Elementary School due to declining enrollment.

    While Hawley Elementary School was the main focus during the presentation, cost estimates were also provided for the closure of the middle school.

    “This is difficult work, and this is work that makes folks very unhappy,” said Dr Erardi.

  • Facility And Enrollment Study Assesses Hawley Or Middle School Closing

    After Superintendent of Schools Joseph V. Erardi, Jr, presented configurations during the Board of Education's meeting on Tuesday, June 2, for closing a school in the district, he said the Facility and Enrollment Study Committee endorses closing an elementary school.

    Hawley Elementary School was the main focus during the presentation, but cost estimates were also provided if Newtown Middle School were closed. 

    "This is difficult work, and this is work that makes folks very unhappy," said Dr Erardi. 

  • School Board Approves Pilot Daycare Program For Staff, Hears "Culture & Climate" Report

    The Board of Education approved on May 19 a pilot child care program that will be available for district staff and heard a report from a Climate and Culture Committee.

  • The Top of the Mountain

    I understand Newtown Board of Education Chair Keith Alexander, Vice Chair Laura Roche, member John Vouros, Sandy Hook School Principal Kathy Gombos, and Superintendent of Schools Joseph V. Erardi, Jr, ventured across the town border Monday, May 18, to share their gratitude with the Monroe Board of Education during its meeting. As he said at the Newtown board meeting the following night, Mr Alexander said the group thanked the Monroe Board of Education for “lending us a school [and] for the town’s support.” If I had opposable thumbs, they would be up.

  • Avielle Foundation Pitches Collaboration With School District

    Jeremy Richman introduced himself to the Board of Education during its meeting on Tuesday, May 19, before he explained an interest in a collaboration between The Avielle Foundation and the school district.

    Dr Richman then said that as the parents of Avielle Richman, one of the victims at Sandy Hook School on 12/14, he and his wife, Jennifer Hensel, began the foundation to stop violent events and to answer why such events occur.

  • A Charter Revision Dissenting Opinion

    To the Editor:

    I wanted to take a moment to provide the dissenting opinion on the Charter Revision Commission’s recent vote that enables one party rule on the Board of Education. While there are four of us who voted to increase minority representation on the BoE, this reflects my opinions only and I do not speak for the other commissioners.

  • Clarifying The Charter

    To the Editor:

    We would like to take this opportunity to respond to Mr Rosenthal’s letter to the editor, dated May 4th [“Charter Panel Needs To reconsider School Bd Majority Issue”]. We believe following the minority representation laws prescribed in Connecticut General Statute 9-167A best balances the need for a diversity of opinion on governmental bodies with our belief that the voters should be allowed to decide who sits on the Board of Education.