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  • School Board Completes A Term; New Board To Convening December 1

    During her last regular meeting on November 4 with the Board of Education, Vice Chair Laura Roche was highlighted by a number of members for her efforts during her tenure.

    With the new Board of Education members set to start their terms in December, Superintendent of Schools Joseph V. Erardi, Jr, also took a moment during the board’s meeting on Tuesday, November 17, to thank member David Freedman for his time with the board.

  • School Board Puts ‘Hold’ On Disclosed Information Discussion

    After deciding to refer two pieces of disclosed board communications to the local Board of Ethics for review and filing an appeal with the Freedom of Information Commission, the Board of Education voted at its November 17 meeting to delay its conversations on the topic until further information is gathered.

    Board members have discussed at multiple meetings an e-mail and a screenshot of a text message recently shared on social media.

  • PTAs And PTSA Host Board Of Ed Candidates Forum

    The Newtown PTAs and PTSA on Wednesday evening hosted an informational forum for Board of Education candidates running for election November 3. 

    Republicans Andrew Clure and David Freedman and Democrat Rebekah Harriman-Stites took turns answering questions prepared by the PTAs and PTSA along with those submitted by community members during the one-hour event held in the Newtown High School Lecture Hall. Candidate and Democrat John Vouros could not attend the forum, but a statement by Mr Vouros was read near the end of the event.

  • School Board Approves A Capital Spending Plan

    The Board of Education approved its Capital Improvement Plan (CIP) Tuesday, September 15, with the addition of a $1.62 million Hawley Elementary School boiler project.

    The project was added to the fourth year of the five-year spending plan.

  • School Board Postpones CIP Decision Again

    For the second meeting in a row, the Board of Education postponed a decision on its five-year Capital Improvement Plan (CIP) on Tuesday, September 1.

    A decision is expected during the board’s next scheduled meeting, September 15.

  • Superintendent Delivers Enrollment Update

    During the Board of Education’s meeting on Tuesday, September 1, Superintendent of Schools Joseph V. Erardi, Jr, shared updated enrollment data.

    Dr Erardi compared enrollment information from the last day of the 2014-15 school year, June 17, and the first day this school year, Thursday, August 27, with the board.

    Using Head O’ Meadow Elementary School as the example, Dr Erardi said it closed the 2014-15 school year with 316 students and it started this school year with 297 students.

  • School Board Approves Phase 6 Of SHES Project

    Geralyn Hoerauf of Diversified Project Management presented the sixth phase of the new Sandy Hook Elementary School building project before the Board of Education during its meeting on Tuesday, September 1.

    “As you might recall, every time we submit a phase to the State of Connecticut, we have to have that phase of construction documents and budget approved first by the Public Building and Site Commission as the building committee then you bring them to the Board of Ed,” said Ms Hoerauf.

  • School Board Celebrates Former Reed Students For Science Project

    Superintendent of Schools Joseph V. Erardi, Jr, announced a “neat celebration” during the Board of Education’s meeting on Tuesday, August 18.

  • School Board Approves Lunch Program Increase

    The Board of Education approved a 25-cent increase for the district’s school lunch program during its meeting on August 18.

    Business Director Ron Bienkowski explained the school board would normally have made its decision to renew the district’s contract with Chartwells earlier in the year, but the state notified towns of provisions in some contracts with food providers that are not allowed by the Food and Drug Administration following an audit by the federal government.

  • School Board Postpones CIP Decision

    The Board of Education postponed a decision on its five-year Capital Improvement Plan (CIP) during its meeting Tuesday, August 18, and discussed looking at a  proposed Hawley Elementary School heating, ventilating, and air conditioning (HVAC) project further.