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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 inRead More 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 proposedRead More 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!
Anthony Salvatore. Credit: NMS website
Potato Peeler March 28, 2014 at 10:22 am
Goodbye Ol' Two Thumbs
AnotherDay March 28, 2014 at 08:32 pm
Dr. Salvatore is such a selfless and wonderful person. Thank you for a lifetime of dedication andRead More all the best to you!
Anna Wiedemann March 29, 2014 at 09:11 am
Having worked with him, and being on many committees with him, I can tell you Newtown is losing aRead More generous heart. Thank you for your countless hours of hard work and dedication to our students and staff.
C-HIT campers work on their stories in the UConn journalism lab.
JudithAnn March 16, 2014 at 09:41 am
I would love to know just what us being taught to journalists today. Do they cover things likeRead More "Biased reporting 101" or "Never Insert yourself or your personal views into your reporting" or make sure you verify both sides of an issue with at least 3 credible sources?" Or most important : you are the advocats of The People first and always seek the truth whether or not it's what you the reporter wants to believe or your editor wants you to write. Just curious.
Kate Farrish March 17, 2014 at 08:40 am
I teach journalism at UConn and at these workshops for high school students. I can tell you that myRead More students are taught to leave themselves and their opinions out of stories, to generally verify information with at least two credible sources, to interview people on all sides of an issue and that their aim is to serve the public. Thank you for your interest.
Tom March 18, 2014 at 05:26 pm
Maybe they could tackle the subject of whether it is ethical and legal to have gender-specificRead More programs that exclude one sex for another in publicly funded schools which are geared toward cariculum in the sciences. Nothing like picking and choosing winners and violating civil rights at the same time..
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Linda C March 27, 2014 at 11:16 am
James you have just proved my point. Of course it doesn't apply to ALL unwed mothers, just as anyRead More statement doesn't always apply to ALL! However I am stating FACTS and it does apply to more than it should; but just the mentioning of a Fact has you feeling uncomfortable. Ergo that is exactly why the problems will never be addressed; because the mere mention of it makes you feel guilty, uncomfortable and or insecure about discussing it! And the so Called Community Leaders are counting on just that!
James Bond April 10, 2014 at 10:42 am
Linda, Sorry to react to your post so late,I was away( not prison ). I reacted to what you saidRead More earlier about unwed mothers. To which you had no disclaimer because it said unwed mothers only. Now you say," of course it doesn't apply to ALL unwed mothers".To me you're the one sounding like you want it both ways and that sounds more like our fumbling politicans,than my post. That said, I do understand where you're coming from and posts are not the easiest way to state it sometimes.Your attack on how I feel is unwarrented just because I pointed out a flaw in your post. Sorry about that hope to hear from you soon.
Linda C April 11, 2014 at 12:09 pm
James glad you found your way home lol. I truly wasn't trying to attack your comment, merely tryingRead More to clear up the confusion on my earlier posting. In a nut shell James, we are (as tax payers) being forced to pay for whatever little program pops in their heads. Unfortunately the ones already in place aren't cancelled, it's just a process of adding more and more programs that have been proven not to work, as well as picking up the pieces of those who aren't doing their jobs. I'm all for helping, but lets find out what works, along with squashing those that don't - not double programs only to find out none work!! Enjoy whatever up and coming holiday you chose to celebrate. Not sure about you, but I'm not finding this new improved Patch as stimulating as when it was more focused on our individual town issues, so haven't been on much either!
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Cheryl Lynne Oropal March 4, 2014 at 11:03 pm
Having been a student at Newtown High in the class of 1981 and being one of those "Read More Underachievers" who took the GED, I remember hearing how NHS was such a top-rated school. When compared to most of what they have here in New Mexico and neighboring Texas, no doubt it is. However, what they fail to say, especially for students with ADHD and other learning disabilities or social-emotional challenges is that schools are rated based upon standardized test scores. Those who are slower and/or learning challenged are often left behind no matter how " Top rated" the school is. It is good to hear that the so-called " Underachievers" are no longer that far behind the top achievers at Newtown High.
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Carla Kron March 1, 2014 at 11:36 am
Eleven of the school districts on this list have less than 500 students. Confirms the obvious thatRead More very small school districts really have no economies of scale. It would be more useful to compare per pupil spending amongst school districts in the same student population range.
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Paul Alexander February 25, 2014 at 04:14 pm
Porter gladstoneFebruary 25, 2014 at 01:06 PM “looks like paul took his ball (he doesnt haveRead More more than 1) and went home.” Aw Shucks Porter...copying my comment is very flattering... You really are a dim bulb. Just the smallest bit of research and you'd know all you want to know about me, as creepy as that is. I've got nuthin to hide. But you're gonna have to figure it out yourself.
Paul Alexander February 25, 2014 at 04:29 pm
“In a 2012 study of anonymity in computer interactions,(“Anonymity in Computer-MediatedRead More Communication: More Contrarian Ideas with Less Influence”; Haines, et al), researchers found that, while anonymous comments were more likely to be contrarian and extreme than non-anonymous ones, they were also far less likely to change a subject’s opinion on an ethical issue, echoing earlier results from the University of Arizona” “Finally, there was less change in opinion under conditions of anonymity than when comments were identified, suggesting that anonymous arguments have less influence on opinions than identified comments.” Porter, even the experts agree you’re an anonymous, irrelevant wanker without the sack to post under your real name.
Porter gladstone February 25, 2014 at 06:51 pm
Sure paul--Im irrelevant and you are responding to someone you consider irrelevant. Good one. JustRead More more evidence of your inability to ever reason things out. The fact that you are inviting me to research you--yet not willing to tell me yourself is actually beyond weird. So--Paul alexander is your REAL name? And you live in Newtown? Just for once--answer a question instead of try (feebly) to launch an attack. Obviously its not hard to predict you will run away from any simple answers. Youre all about examining everyone else...but you cower under scrutiny. My name is Porter Gladstone.
State Rep. Larry Cafero, a Norwalk Republican and Minority Leader in the state House of Representatives, says he wants a public hearing on Common Core education standards. (Photo from Cafero's official statehouse website)
Danielle Bolliger April 1, 2014 at 09:14 am
I also came across this yesterday. There are 3 videos. The third one is a very concerned parentRead More from Arkansas. I hope more parents stand up to get rid of Common Core. http://patriotaction.net/forum/topic/show?id=2600775%3ATopic%3A6635270&xgs=1&xg_source=msg_share_topic
CowDung April 1, 2014 at 09:18 am
How about actually going to the Common Core website to find out what the CC Standards are? ThatRead More parent in Arkansas is an idiot. She's complaining about the Singapore math curriculum--it has nothing to do with the implementation of Common Core. Common Core does not specify the use of any of the techniques, procedures, methods or formulas that people like the Arkansas mother are complaining about.
CowDung April 1, 2014 at 09:18 am
Please read the standards: http://www.corestandards.org/read-the-standards/
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William Whamond February 12, 2014 at 06:54 pm
Well, we are thinking of shutting our doors as well...these storms have costed our business a bundleRead More this season!
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Wayne Addessi February 13, 2014 at 09:57 am
Anyone interested in Starting a Neighborhood Watch Program near the Middle School? We live nearRead More Queen Street and Lovells Lane. my email is waddessi@addessi.net if you're interested. We Will Need A person or group of people committed to starting a Neighborhood Watch. A planning committee to initiate the program. A list of what issues initially need to be addressed in your community. A means of communicating with the residents, email, fliers, telephone trees. Publicity for the initial Neighborhood Watch meeting. A meeting agenda to keep things moving and on track. A place to meet -resident’s house or apartment, community center, school, library. A crime prevention officer to discuss the crime issues in the neighborhood and to help train members. A map of the community with spaces for names, addresses, and phone numbers of all households. A sign up sheet for those interested in becoming block or building captains. Brochures or other materials on topics of interest to the residents. Neighborhood Watch signs to be posted around the community. Some jurisdictions require a minimum number of participants before Neighborhood Watch signs can be posted. Facts about crime in your neighborhood. (These can be found in police reports, newspapers, and residents’ perception about crime. if you have an interest, get the word out to your neighbor and send me an email.
The Newtown Municipal Center at Fairfield Hills. Credit: Gary Jeanfaivre
Bruce Walczak TheNewtownRooster.com February 9, 2014 at 11:02 am
Can anyone tell me who the school security force would report to. They will carry guns so perhapsRead More the police department?
Stephen Rosenblatt February 10, 2014 at 09:42 am
The "zero" budget of the BoE isn't zero until it reflects the decline in the number ofRead More students in the system compared to last year. The state allows a budget reduction of $3,000 per student or 0.05 percent whichever is less. A true zero growth budget would include this reduction, about $350,000. Does it? Not if the budget remains the same as last year's.
Len Destin February 10, 2014 at 10:31 am
Careful Steven - the all seeing all knowing porter here has a chip on his shoulder as wide as theRead More state; so if he doesn't like what you say he'll accuse you of 'blurting' or try to distract you with non sequitur accusations or being a communist. Good Luck!
Steven January 29, 2014 at 06:41 am
Just make the flag pole a proper "round about". You don't have to have maintance for theRead More light, and when traffic is light, you don't have people sitting at a signal waiting for nothing.
Street Safety Squad January 29, 2014 at 03:49 pm
A quick thank you to all survey participants, Fred Hurley (Director of Public Works), and PatchRead More editor Davis Dunavin for helping to make this project happen. A special thanks to our science teacher, Beth Iaciofano for her guidance throughout this process.
John Munro January 29, 2014 at 05:17 pm
Wish I'd seen the survey because Dinglebrook (where Hanover ends and before Obtuse Rocks begins) isRead More a disaster, as is about 1/2 of the paved section of Pond Brook Road.
Douglas Brennan February 3, 2014 at 09:53 am
I have indicated the previous statements made by the Business Director of the BOE an employee of theRead More BOE. These statements cannot, in good faith, be reconciled. So again inconvenient facts often get in the way of self serving conclusions. I am surprised that you have attacked both the background of people whose qualifications you do not know and have not done your research on recommendations made to reduce spending. But after all the voters will decide whether they want to continue to increase the spending despite declining enrollments or whether more fiscal responsibility is the prudent course of action. The only problem with this system is that those that usually support the most spending are never here long enough to pay the final bills.
Douglas Brennan February 3, 2014 at 11:23 am
No one here is hiding their identity! The person that these remarks have been attributed to, fixedRead More and variable costs, is no volunteer. They are paid a considerable salary and receive an attractive benefit package from the taxpayers of Newtown. And why would you associate my comments with that of another person. I did not call you a fool. Someone else did. My thanking of "Thomas Craft" was merely thanking someone for researching the fact that there are now 85 more positions then there were at the same enrollment level during a previous budget cycle. N
Douglas Brennan February 3, 2014 at 03:03 pm
Unfortunately Porter you are again wrong. Paid the property taxes last Thursday at the new TownRead More Hall at Fairfield Hills. You really need to be more informed before you comment.
Kevin Fitzgerald January 18, 2014 at 10:11 am
Congratulations and welcome to Dr. Erardi!
sassy January 18, 2014 at 08:25 pm
Big shoes to fill. Good luck and best wishes Dr. Erardi!
Paul Alexander January 19, 2014 at 08:01 am
His first budget request will be a big "tell".
Street Safety Squad January 16, 2014 at 04:10 pm
As of 4:00pm, we have received over 75 responses to our survey! Tomorrow we will be meeting with theRead More Public Works Department to discuss the results. We have begun to compile the data, and because of that, we have closed it to more responses. Thank you all for your great input!
Newtown High School Principal Charles Dumais delivers a speech at the 2013 graduation. Credit: Patch File Photo
Jack H January 14, 2014 at 11:27 am
Congrats to Dumais, he’ll be missed, but the story reads like a missed opportunity. Since heRead More obviously has the qualifications and experience to super Amity…wonder if Newtown considered (promoting) him for our super?!!
Donna Monteleone Randle January 14, 2014 at 01:20 pm
A sad day for Newtown that we will be losing a fantastic principal and wonderful administrator. InRead More my own opinion - simply the best I have known in 35 years! Clearly Mr Dumais will make a wonderful superintendent of schools. He is more than qualified for his new position. Wish Newtown had hired him so we could keep his talent here with us. Wishing you all the best Mr Dumais! Thank you for all you have done and continue to do for our students and our school!.
Yay Write January 14, 2014 at 05:11 pm
He lacks the experience to be hired here. That is clear...
Maria Sabla January 15, 2014 at 08:33 am
Sad to lose him. Mr.Dumais brought back Life to our HS after so many failed leaders prior to him.ItRead More will be hard to replace him as an Educator and Leader.I wish the BOE offered him the Superintendent job!
Barry Svigals, managing partner at Svigals +Partners, the architectural firm for the Sandy Hook School project, speaks during a Legislative Council meeting in Newtown, Conn., on Jan. 8, 2014. Credit: Gary Jeanfaivre
Paul Alexander January 13, 2014 at 11:22 am
JWG...There is just NO incentive to husband resources (money) wisely when those resources are taxRead More dollars. The Public Sector NEVER feels any pain when they gather capital. They just hold a gun to your head and say "pay up, or else". And when the public sector screws up they just hold another gun to the taxpayers head and say “pay up more”. The private sector ALWAYS feels pain as they gather (SAVE) their capital. And that pain forces the private sector to PLAN well so that they don’t misallocate and WASTE that hard earned capital. BY DEFINITION there will be cost and time overruns on the new Sandy Hook school simply because it is a public sector project. The two Chief Executives in town, The First Selectman and the Superintendent, should BOTH be former private sector C-level executives if you want to see the town’s finances managed more wisely. When you have two school teachers responsible for the two budgets you get what you deserve….waste and higher taxes.
Clare January 13, 2014 at 03:10 pm
Little Talks, I was answering Randy Pineau comment that it was "Nice to see Newtown hasRead More abandoned the effort to push this wonderful family out of their home." It just didn't seem that way to me.
Pat H. January 13, 2014 at 03:13 pm
Maybe we could name the road Adam Lanza Drive. I am being facetious of course but why not, afterRead More all it’s the same road Lanza drove down on his way to slaughter 20 children and six educators. When people drive down it now they will wonder what was going though his head when he made the same trek. What a comforting though for teachers, parents and children to have each morning as they start their day. And people including school kids WILL have those thoughts because the area, the ground and the look is the same. The idea of rebuilding this school on the present site was ridiculous; having the access road pass by the Fire House where victims sought refuge on that fateful day is absurd. What young family would ever want to move to Sandy Hook? I’m sure potential home buyers will be saying “Hey honey, if we buy the house in Sandy Hook our kids can attend that new elementary school built atop the same ground where there was a massacre a few years back.” Of course they won’t be saying that. What they will be saying is “let’s find another home in another town.” This latest idea is as dumb as it gets. Not surprised though given the caliber of people that run this town.
Joseph V. Erardi Jr. Photo Credit: Jason Vallee
Bruce Walczak TheNewtownRooster.com January 10, 2014 at 05:14 pm
Dean thanks for the input. I am sure Mr.Erardi a wonderful man. The issue I was raising is whetherRead More he is the best choice for Newtown, not whether he was the best choice for Southington. It’s something that is better asked prior to the move than afterwards. The last Superintendent was drummed out of town by a group of people ( I was not one of them) who did not like her skills and felt she was wrong for Newtown. It was a terrible experience, and She was eventually named Superintendent of the Year for CT. The totality of experience, the individual, the skills, the challenges that have been dealt with all come into play. That by its very nature also draws in the profile of the school system. The objective is to get a great match and fire on all cylinders. And if Mr. Erardi is the right guy he'll be your loss and our gain. But better to figure that out up front than have the residents ride another Super out of town on a rail, like they did last time.
Hannibal January 31, 2014 at 07:08 pm
Bruce (and others), I am a Southington resident. Congrats on your town hiring Dr. Joe Erardi. IRead More overheard someone say to him "Newtown went looking for the best, and they got him." That is how many of us feel. He moved us forward thru multiple school building and/or renovation projects. Right now it's the dual $90.5 million Middle School project. I smiled at the comment about Southington being 149 of 169 towns in per pupil spending while you're 144. ha ha ha. PLEASE go back to the top 10 towns on that list and tell me if you'd ever send your children or grandchildren there. NOT ME! Last year we had several people run for election to BOE on that platform based on PPE, claiming we needed to spend an additional $8 MILLION per year to get above the 50% of the list. (They both lost!) Its simply not the amount of money, its what your team does with it. We have the CT Middle School Vice Principal Of The Year for 2013. We have had several State Teachers Of The Year. And I can't skip the recent Class LL State Football Champions on our new SHS Turf Field. Bruce, you seem to be an active person in your town. Look past the numbers that you posted above and give this guy a chance. BTW, he's worked in Southington for 7+ years while living & sleeping in Watertown. So what! We know he works weekends because his car was parked out front of the Central Office on Saturday & Sunday mornings. And he starts work at 4am in the winter doing storm closings. He works well with Principals (they like him) as well as teachers (they like him more!) and BOE members and incredibly even with Town Government officials. Our consensus is that you'll like him and he'll do a good job, but "IF" it doesn't work out, let us know via Southington PATCH, and we'll quickly get a caravan of limos flying down I-84 to bring him back.
Bruce Walczak TheNewtownRooster.com February 1, 2014 at 10:41 am
Hope it does work out and we continued improvement in our kids performance, not just reducedRead More budgets. I also hope the new superintendent moves to Newtown , he needs to be part of the community, committed and invested in the performance he is being trusted with.