Category Archives: Schools


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…


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…