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Joint boards approve BOE bailout

NAUGATUCK — At a special meeting of the joint boards of Mayor and Burgesses and Finance on Tuesday, a wide, 16-3 majority approved an almost $1 million bailout, though not…

BOE to ask borough for $1m bailout

NAUGATUCK — Despite several members’ concerns about its autonomy, the Board of Education voted Thursday night to request almost $1 million from the borough government to close what remains of a $1.55 million budget deficit.

As conditions of the bailout, the board agreed to retain borough Controller Wayne McAllister as its business manager through next fiscal year and to switch its insurance broker from USI Insurance Services to CDC Kane Partners.

It also approved concession packages presented by labor unions, which total $592,126. The total sum the school board will request from the borough will not exceed $955,906.

Naugatuck teachers approve concessions

NAUGATUCK — Hours before the Board of Education was scheduled to meet Thursday, the Naugatuck Teachers’ League approved a concession packaged, worth an estimated $521,000, that it hopes will avert…

Thursday’s BOE meeting relocated

NAUGATUCK — Thursday’s Board of Education meeting, at which the body is expected to vote on a solution to its $1.55 million budget shortfall, has been relocated to the Central…

Seniors receive free health screening

NAGUATUCK — Naugatuck and surrounding area seniors had a rare chance to get their overall health examined free of charge last Thursday at the Senior Center. The Western Connecticut Area…

R16 BOE applauds student journalism

BEACON FALLS — “In my 37 years of teaching, I have never seen the level of quality in a student newspaper that I have seen in the Hawk Headlines,” said…

Local business relationships symbiotic

NAUGATUCK — In ecology, symbiosis is loosely defined as a mutually beneficial relationship between two organisms. Certain species of clownfish, ants and tubeworms enjoy symbiotic (and often necessary) relationships with…

Online grade posting a success at WRHS

BEACON FALLS — Region 16 has taken grade posting to the next level with its account on Schools have used this program to make assignments available to parents and…

Study recommends grade realignment

NAUGATUCK — Closing a school is not among the recommendations of an architectural firm that completed recently a study of the borough’s 11 public school buildings, but grade realignment and construction planning are on the list of suggestions.

Greg Smalley of Hartford-based JCJ Architecture, which the school district paid $36,000 to perform the study, summarized the findings at last Thursday’s Board of Education meeting. His report was overshadowed by discussion of the system’s $1.55 million budget shortfall.

The Board of Education commissioned the study in July to help it determine how to use most efficiently its facilities over the next decade. Given its current financial state and the fact that district enrollment has declined by 22 percent since 1995, the board indicated previously it would consider shutting down a school building to save money.