Category Archives: Schools

NHS getting organized to promote respect

NAUGATUCK — Respect: It’s not the easiest concept in the world to define. It can mean consideration toward peers, acquiescence to elders, the payment of esteem to those who rightly…

Citizens to audit Board of Ed. budget

NAUGATUCK— Concerned borough taxpayers will soon have a new forum for monitoring the embattled Board of Education’s administrative practices. Anne Ciacciarella, founder of the 1,300-member Facebook group “Our Kids Come…

BOE’s ‘good news’ about scholarship

NAUGATUCK — The “good news” Superintendent of Schools Dr. John Tindall-Gibson had promised to deliver Thursday was not about the Board of Education’s more-than-$2 million budget shortfall but rather about…

CLISE: Time for an athletic intervention

I’ve got it: A way to block the verbal haymakers being launched back and forth between Town Hall and Tuttle House. Maybe even a way to help fund the Board…

Tindall-Gibson explains budget process

NAUGATUCK — In a continuation of the Board of Education’s recent efforts to improve communication with the public, Superintendent of Schools Dr. John Tindall-Gibson explained in his own words the…

Governor’s cuts could hurt borough schools

NAUGATUCK — The prospect of $84 million worth of mid-year cuts to municipal aid from the state has alarmed cash-strapped cities and towns across Connecticut, but it’s unclear yet whether…

Closing a school one possible savings move

NAUGATUCK — The turnout didn’t indicate it, but a public forum about the borough’s use of its 11 public school buildings, held Thursday night at Hop Brook Intermediate School, may…

Board of Ed. proposes $1.6m savings

NAUGATUCK — After spending more than two hours behind closed doors Monday night at City Hill Middle School, the Board of Education emerged with a cost-saving plan it hopes will make up all but $372,000 of a more-than-$2 million budget deficit and prevent layoffs during the current school year.

The problem is the Naugatuck Teachers’ League won’t entertain the proposal until the board puts to public vote a concession package approved by the NTL Nov. 24.

BOE meeting canceled; rally goes on

NAUGATUCK — The meeting was canceled, but the rally went on. Hours before the Board of Education was scheduled to convene Monday, in an attempt to reconcile its more than $2 million budget shortfall, the school system’s governing body called off the gathering. But that didn’t stop the more than 100 people who planned a demonstration outside Tuttle House from picketing and chanting anyway.

A new community group that calls itself Our Kids Come First organized the rally in protest of a last-resort cost-savings plan proposed last week by Superintendent of Schools Dr. John Tindall-Gibson. The sweeping measure, which would save an estimated $2.26 million, includes cuts to K-8 music, K-6 physical education, K-8 art and freshman sports. Both Tindall-Gibson and members of the board have said they aim to avoid these programming rollbacks.

Embattled firm studying borough schools

NAUGATUCK — Four months after the borough hired the Hartford-based firm JCJ Architecture to perform a facilities utilization study of the school district, the company is preparing to make suggestions…