Category Archives: Schools

BOE probes options with new insurance agent

NAUGATUCK — In a battery of committee meetings in recent weeks, the Board of Education has explored an array of cost-savings measures to bridge a potential operating deficit topping $4…

Retiring educator helped establish Woodland

BEACON FALLS — Assistant Principal Maureen Carroll, who was part of the pioneering group of staff and teachers to open Woodland Regional High School nine years ago, is retiring at…

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Budget watchdogs still hound BOE

NAUGATUCK — Last Thursday’s regular meeting of the Board of Education was slated to be just that: a regular meeting. The agenda comprised mostly routine, procedural items like subcommittee reports…

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NHS stageplay reflects schools’ problems

NAUGATUCK — The borough’s public school system has engaged in a fair amount of debate with various stakeholders over the last several months. Last weekend, theatergoers in the Naugatuck High…

Stakes high in Woodland’s CAPT testing

BEACON FALLS — Standardized test-taking season is approaching for students across the state, and this year the pressure is on for students at Woodland Regional High School. “If we fail…

School closing among cost-savings options

NAUGATUCK — Prospect Street Elementary School could be shut down under a new school reconfiguration plan being considered by the Board of Education. The board’s facilities planning committee met last…

Woodland faculty growing Hair for Haiti

BEACON FALLS — Every year atop the hill at Woodland, a select few teachers, led by English teacher Paul Geary, grow out their beards during midterm week in January. This year was no different—Geary, English teacher James Amato and history teacher Chris Tomlin all put down their razors prior to the four-day midterm exam week. Instead of shaving their scruffy beards after testing, though, the facial hair stayed—and it turned into Beards for Bucks, a fundraiser for Haiti relief.

The fundraiser, also known as Hair for Haiti, is a month-long event co-sponsored by the Woodland Regional Student Council and Woodland for Women Worldwide, in which teachers essentially grow the best facial hair possible while students cast $1 votes for their favorite beards. And, yes, this one-of-a-kind phenomenon all grew from the triumvirate’s annual ritual.

Region 16 teachers reject contract offer

PROSPECT — The Region 16 Board of Education and the Region 16 Teachers’ Association are heading to arbitration to settle a new three-year teachers’ contract. The teachers’ union last Thursday…

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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…