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  • School, Town Budgets Pass Overwhelmingly

    Amid cheers from local officials and residents who gathered at Newtown Middle School Tuesday evening, town polling officials revealed totals from a first round budget referendum that overwhelmingly approved both a school district and town spending package, along with debt service on capital borrowing for the 2014-15 fiscal year.

    The Board of Selectmen’s municipal budget including debt service on bonding passed 2,571 to 738, while the school district request passed 2,421 to 868 Town Clerk Debbie Halstead confirmed late Wednesday.

  • An Opportunity To Demonstrate Support For The Schools

    To the Editor:

    The PTAs/PTSA of all seven Newtown schools have voted unanimously to support the budget adopted by the Legislative Council. We believe this proposed budget, while not moving our school district forward in any substantive way, is a frugal, practical, and fair budget.

  • Performance Expectations

    To the Editor:

  • School Enrollment Declines, But Not School Expenses

    To the Editor:

    Our First Selectman Pat Llodra and John Reed’s letter asking people to support the school budget lacks important facts and important information while appealing to people’s emotions. It also violates federal law called “The Hatch Act” whereby government workers (those paid by taxpayers) are not supposed to lobby for increased spending and bigger government. The appropriate person to ask for school budget support is the chairman of the school board.

  • Visiting Ballfields To Get The Vote Out

    With the third round school budget referendum set for Tuesday, June 4, Acting Superintendent of Schools John Reed and others ventured to ballfields around Newtown last Saturday and Sunday to speak with residents.

    The single polling location for Tuesday's referendum is at Newtown Middle School from 6 am until 8 pm.

    Residents Michelle Ku and Michelle Hankin along with Board of Education Vice Chair Laura Roche accompanied Dr Reed for part of the visits.

  • This Is Not The Year To Gamble

    To the Editor:

    We are about to endeavor on our third budget referendum, but the first time that we have a bifurcated budget and will be voting for the education budget only. This is uncharted territory for our town. 

  • Officials Making A Case For Third-Round School Budget With Video Messages

    Following a similar appeal by Acting Superintendent John Reed via a two-part video broadcast on The Bee’s YouTube channel, a number of other local officials requested to post face-to-face messages to local taxpayers.

  • School Budget ‘Rithmetic

    Of the three “R’s” of budget politics, once again the reading and ‘riting about the subject comes to a close, and all that it left to consider is the ‘rithmetic at the polls, when the third iteration of a 2013-2014 school budget comes up for a vote.

  • A Plea From The Board of Education

    To the Editor:

    The Board of Education would like to invite Newtown residents to join us in supporting the budget in the coming referendum by voting Yes.

    The district will face many known and unknown challenges in the coming year as a result of December 14th. It is imperative that we have the appropriate resources to do so. By not supporting the education budget we will run the risk of losing what our district has worked so hard to gain, improved academic performance in our district.

  • Joining The New Information Revolution

    To the Editor:

    As we approach the next referendum on the education budget, it would seem appropriate we consider why the budget was voted down on two previous occasions.

    Many residents in Newtown are wondering about the reason why we were asked last time to answer  same two questions about the budget being too high or too low. I thought they got their answer in the first budget vote. Are they going to insult our intelligence and ask the same questions?