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In Whose Best Interest? By Suzanne Hurley

Published: November 21, 2016

To the Editor:

As a Newtown resident and teacher, I have watched the board discussions on closing a school with great interest and have one overriding question.

Is the proposed model (K-4, 5-7, 8-12) in the best interest of student learning or is it an attempt to placate the Legislative Council and/or the Board of Finance?

When my husband and I looked to purchase a home nearly 20 years ago, we looked at Newtown, Southbury, and Monroe but believed that Newtown’s schools were superior. The educational structure at each school fit the social, emotional, and educational needs appropriate for each age group. If I had to make that same decision today, with the proposed changes, I would not move to Newtown as it does not appear that the boards are working in the best interest of strengthening our schools.

Furthermore, I would ask why doesn’t the town focus on keeping and attracting businesses (e.g., Panera Bread, Simply Baby) to assist taxpayers? It is in everyone’s best interest to have a vibrant school district and business community.

Suzanne Hurley
28 Washbrook Road, Newtown        November 25, 2016

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