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BOE Letter: Vote Yes for Education in Newtown

"We believe this budget to be fiscally responsible while taking into account both the needs of our schools and declining enrollment."

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A letter from the Newtown Board of Education:

The Board of Education, along with Interim Superintendent Dr. John Reed and incoming Superintendent Dr. Joseph Erardi, respectfully requests that you join with us in supporting the 2014-2015 budget by voting YES on Tuesday, April 22nd, at Newtown Middle School between the hours of 6am and 8pm. 

We believe this budget to be fiscally responsible while taking into account both the needs of our schools and declining enrollment. The budget was unanimously supported by both the Board of Finance and the Legislative Council. 

It is essential that we move beyond the recent pattern of multiple referendums. Working TOGETHER in the months and years ahead as parents, citizens, elected representatives and staff, we can and will successfully shape a future for all Newtowners. 

We now ask that you join us at the polls on April 22nd and vote YES for education in Newtown.

Dr. John Reed

Dr. Joseph Erardi

Debbie Leidlein

Laura Roche

Kathy Hamilton

Keith Alexander

John Vouros

David Freedman

Michelle Ku


Rodney Munos April 17, 2014 at 07:33 AM
0 increase means nothing, you have to start trimming the fat and reducing the budget. For many of us the taxes have tripled in last decade with no any significant improvements . Salaries have stayed the same if you lucky not to get laid off. Your kids will get out of these schools and say screw it I am not living here to pay these high taxes. That's probably the only smart thing they will learn at school, and for us living in town 20-30 years we are the stupid ones to let this happen. Keep driving the cost of living up and all your educated talent will leave Newtown anyway....think about it, 110 mil budget that's 2.1 million every week, for population of 27k that is absolutely crazy $4000 per each person per year ! If you told each of your kids to pay 4k per year to live in Newtown, I wonder what would they say ....
Bruce Kraemer April 17, 2014 at 07:34 AM
I'm complaining that the BOE comes out with a statement to vote yes and there are no facts at all in this letter other than "enrollment is down". Where does it say that "It's a zero increase budget".
Marilyn April 17, 2014 at 08:35 AM
Bruce, if you live in town then you must be living under a rock to not know that they have proposed a zero increase budget for education. But by all means, get on the Patch and continue to complain!
Bruce Kraemer April 17, 2014 at 09:06 AM
Yes I live under a rock. It's called WORK!

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