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  • School Board Communications Panel To Offer Budget Newsletters

    Following a report by Board of Education Vice Chair Laura Roche, the school board voted unanimously on Tuesday, January 7, to allow its Communications Committee to send budget newsletters on behalf of the board.

    Ms Roche explained the procedure was used last year, but the Communications Committee wanted the school board, with new members, to vote on it for this year.

  • School Board OKs New NHS Graduation Requirements

    After Assistant Superintendent of Schools Linda Gejda recommended a course of dealing with upcoming state high school graduation requirements, the Board of Education unanimously voted on Tuesday, January 7, to increase requirements for the graduating classes of 2018, 2019, and 2020.

     During the school board’s December 3 meeting, Newtown High School Principal Charles Dumais outlined possible needs and ways to meet the state’s 2020 graduation requirements.

  • School Board Approves Unexpended Education Funds Account

    After being presented by Business Director Ronald Bienkowski, the Board of Education unanimously approved during its meeting on Tuesday, January 7, a request for the Board of Finance to establish an unexpended education funds account.

    A public act enacted in June of 2011, Mr Bienkowski said, allows for the use of an unexpended education funds account for school boards.

  • Officials Flag Student Enrollment Decline As Significant Taxpayer Concern

    A growing number of officials believe that helping residents better understand the relationship between declining student enrollment and the amount school leaders will ask taxpayers to underwrite next year could help pass the annual budget referendum sooner.

    Providing additional evidence to taxpayers that town and district leaders are working collaboratively, and with mutual support for each other’s spending proposals, could also go far toward propelling a first-round budget vote to passage, some officials believe.

  • BOE Accepts Hawley Principal’s Retirement

    The Board of Education accepted the resignation of Hawley Principal Jo-Ann Peters-Edmondson during its meeting on Monday, December 23.

    Ms Peters-Edmondson also sent a letter home to Hawley families the previous week to announce her decision.

  • BOE Accepts Educational Specifications For Sandy Hook School

    The Board of Education unanimously accepted new educational specifications for the proposed design of Sandy Hook Elementary School as presented by Jay Brotman and Julia McFadden of Svigals + Partners during a meeting on Monday, December 23.

  • School Board Hears Financial Report

    When delivering his monthly financial report, school district Business Director Ron Bienkowski recommended the Board of Education approve an emergency replacement for a district truck during the board’s November 19, meeting.

  • CABE Report Highlights Community Preferences For A Superintendent

    Representatives of the Connecticut Association of Boards of Education (CABE) Search Services presented a “Superintendent Leadership Profile Report” to the Board of Education, Tuesday, November 19.

  • School Board Thanks Departing Members

    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.

  • Toward Greater Excellence

    To the Editor,

    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.