BOE meeting canceled; rally goes on

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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

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NAUGATUCK — Four months after the borough hired the Hartford-based firm JCJ Architecture to perform a facilities utilization study of the school district, the...

Facebook a catalyst for BOE unrest

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NAUGATUCK — Social media sites like Facebook have proven to be not only a way for old friends to reconnect or current ones to...

Teachers vote ‘no confidence’ school chief

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NAUGATUCK — Teachers overwhelmingly condemned the performance of embattled Superintendent Dr. John Tindall-Gibson Thursday, while the school board continued to search for ways to...

Board of Education crisis coming to a head

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NAUGATUCK — It's three months into the academic year, approaching the halfway point of the fiscal year and the school board is without a...

Woodland math team ranks fourth

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BEACON FALLS — An amount of money is increased by 15 percent of itself. This new amount is then reduced by 40 percent. At...

Teachers’ jobs could be safe

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NAUGATUCK — The kids have spoken, and they’re not happy. On Monday night, when the picketing, marching and chanting before a Board of Education meeting lasted longer than the meeting itself, students criticized financial mismanagement that last year left the school system $1 million in the red and this year has given it the unsavory distinction of being the only district in Connecticut without an operating budget. The board’s most recent deficit projection for the 2009-10 fiscal year is $1.07 million, down from the $1.3 million projected last month. When the board last met, two weeks ago, Superintendent of Schools Dr. John Tindall-Gibson said closing the gap could require laying off as many as 14 teachers, including the dozen hired over the summer.

Walmart rewards borough teachers

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NAUGATUCK — It won’t solve the borough’s education budget crisis, but a new Walmart program will help 10 teachers at Central Avenue School...

Controller to manage BOE budget

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NAUGATUCK — The borough will have one business manager to oversee both the school and town budgets, at least temporarily. The Board of Education on...

Life experiences shape top teacher

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BEACON FALLS — In the early 1960s, when Region 16 Teacher of the Year Award recipient John Polletta was in elementary school, there were...

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