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  • Board Approves 2015-16 School Calendar, Finances Also Discussed

    The 2015-16 school calendar unanimously passed the Board of Education during its meeting on Tuesday, January 20.

    Superintendent of Schools Joseph V. Erardi, Jr, said the 2015-16 school calendar presented to the school board this week represents community input and responses to concerns voiced by school board members.

  • Year In Review: Transitions Changed The Face Of Newtown’s School Administration In 2014

    The lineup of Newtown’s administrative team changed in 2014.

    At the start of the year, the Board of Education was conducting a search for a new superintendent of schools. On January 10, five members of the school board were ready to head to Southington to conduct a site visit with that district’s then-superintendent, Joseph V. Erardi, Jr.

    The visit was part of the interview process, as BOE Vice Chair Laura Roche told The Bee.

  • The Top of the Mountain

    Newtown children’s book author and illustrator Paul Meisel has illustrated Chapter 2 of a serialized kids’ mystery e-book, to be released one chapter at a time, beginning January 4. Mr Meisel is among many Connecticut authors/illustrator to volunteer their time to write and illustrate The Great Connecticut Caper, the brainchild of the Connecticut Humanities’ Connecticut Center for the Book. The book follows the adventures of a couple of 11-year-old kids hot on the trail of finding the missing Gillette Castle in East Haddam.

  • BOE Hears NICE Report And Songs From Hawley Third Graders

    During a report from Newtown International Center for Education (NICE) Executive Council members, the Board of Education learned of a new strategic plan for the program at its meeting on December 16.

    NICE Executive Council members Tim DeJulio, Liz Ward-Toller, and Jen Davidson explained goals and objectives for the program along with presenting the strategic plan.

  • School Board Changes Its Plan For NHS Auditorium Project

    After reviewing new information, the Board of Education, during its meeting on October 21, voted to change its previously approved plans for a proposed Newtown High School auditorium renovation.

    During its meeting on October 7, the school board voted to request a special appropriation for the project, and authorized the Public Building & Site Commission to have oversight of the renovation.

  • School Board Hears Pitch For More NHS Sports

    Newtown High School Principal Lorrie Rodrigue and Athletic Director Gregg Simon promoted the benefits of athletics and shared a vision for the future of sports at NHS with the Board of Education during its meeting on October 21.

    “If you have been to a sports event as an educator or a parent or, of course, as a community member, you really realize how truly lucky we are of the tremendous support that is shown on behalf of our students throughout the year,” said Dr Rodrigue.

  • School Board Honors Ashley Gong

    Continuing its practice of highlighting excellence, the Board of Education honored Newtown High School junior Ashley Gong at its meeting on Tuesday, October 7.

  • School Board Honors Retiring Teachers, Top Students

    The Board of Education honored both Newtown’s retiring educators and students within the top five percent of the graduating Class of 2014, including valedictorian Anne Beier and salutatorian Amisha Dave, at its meeting on Tuesday, June 3.

    Superintendent of Schools Joseph Erardi, Jr, announced each retiring teacher or administrator before they were greeted by Board of Education members and handed a gift by school board Chair Debbie Leidlein.

  • BOE Discusses Nurses’ Contract And Nonlapsing Account, Hears From Doubters

    The Board of Education discussed an upcoming contract negotiation with district nurses and its proposed non-lapsing fund account during its meeting on Tuesday, May 6.

    The school board also heard from a number of people during the meetings public participation segment, all regarding the December 2012 shootings at Sandy Hook Elementary School.

    Board Chair Debbie Leidlein informed her board negotiations for the nurses’ contract with the district are soon to be underway.

  • School Board Discusses Staffing Levels For 2014-15

    The Board of Education unanimously voted to have “reduction in force” notifications shared with nontenured staff in the district who may or may not have their positions renewed for the 2014-15 school year, during its meeting on Tuesday, April 8.

    According Assistant Superintendent of Schools Linda Gejda, a state statute requires that school district staff be notified by May 1 if their contract will not be or will potentially not be renewed for the following school year.