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  • 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.

  • School Board Votes On Charter Revision Recommendations

    Before voting to schedule Newtown High School’s graduation ceremony for June 17 and Newtown Middle School’s moving up ceremony for June 16 at Western Connecticut State University’s O’Neill Center, the Board of Education discussed recommendations at its April 1 meeting that will be passed on to the Legislative Council for a Charter Revision Commission.

  • School Budget Approved With No Increase, Security Budget Tabled

    After reviewing its budget goals for the 2014-15 fiscal year, the Board of Education approved a spending plan during its meeting on Thursday, February 6, with no increase over the previous year.

    The board also tabled a second motion that would have submitted a security budget, separate from the school board’s 2014-15 budget, on to the Board of Selectman, Board of Finance, and Legislative Council for review.

  • BOE Passes 2014-15 Budget With No Increase, Tables Security Vote

    During its final workshop meeting for the 2014-15 budget, the Board of Education passed a budget proposal on Thursday, February 6, with no increase over the previous year.

    The board also tabled a second motion that would have submitted a security budget, separate from the school board's 2014-15 budget, onto the Board of Selectman, Board of Finance, and Legislative Council to review. 

  • Llodra Updates School Board On Security Plan

    For the second workshop meeting in a row, the Board of Education discussed security measures in the school district on Tuesday, February 4.

    Tuesday’s meeting marked the next-to-last budget workshop meeting for the school board. It is scheduled to adopt its 2014-15 budget on Thursday, February 6.

  • School Board Budget Review Focuses On Security

    While continuing its review of the superintendent’s proposed operating budget for the 2014-15 fiscal year, the Board of Education took up the topic of security during its workshop meeting on Thursday, January 30.

  • BOE Begins Reviewing Superintendent’s Budget

    Following Interim Superintendent of Schools John Reed’s presentation of his proposed budget for the 2014-15 fiscal year on Thursday, January 23, the Board of Education began hearing from advocates for different parts of the budget.

  • Superintendent's Proposed Budget Outlines 0.75 Percent Increase

    Interim Superintendent of Schools John Reed shared an overview of his proposed operating budget for the 2014-15 fiscal year during the school board’s Thursday, January 23 meeting.

    After reviewing both increases and decreases, which include certified and noncertified positions, proposed in the budget, Dr Reed said the total change from the current 2013-14 $71,045,304 budget, is an increase of $534,730, reflecting a 0.75 percent change.