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Board of Education eliminates April break for 2020 school year

The Board of Education voted to cancel April vacation for the 2019-20 school year. Students will continue doing online lessons through the district Distance Learning model on April 6 through April 9. There will be no virtual teaching on Good Friday, April 10.

Claire Redmer ’21, Social Media Director 

March 25, 2020

The Board of Education voted to cancel four days of the Westport Public School spring recess during a special meeting held virtually via Zoom on March 23. The vote was unanimous with member Vik Muktavaram abstaining.    April 6 through April 9—which students originally had off from school—w...

BOE votes to remove the Innovation Fund

The Board of Education (BOE) voted 5-2 to remove the Innovation Fund funding for the 2020-21 school year in a 5-2 vote during their meeting on Feb. 10 to reduce the budget and because of the lack of applicants.

Katie Simons ’22, Arts Editor

March 3, 2020

The Board of Education (BOE) voted 5-2 to remove the Innovation Fund funding for the 2020-21 school year in a 5-2 vote during their meeting on Feb. 10 to reduce the budget and because of the lack of applicants. The Innovation Fund was created to inspire creativity within the Westport school system. T...

School Start Time Committee presents unanimous agreement for 8:00 a.m. Staples start time

The Westport School Start Time Committee unanimously agreed to push back start times for Westport Public Schools by 30 minutes.

Natalie Bandura '22, Paper News Editor

January 14, 2020

The Westport School Start Time Committee presented the unanimous agreement on Jan. 13 to move start times for Staples High School to 8:00 a.m., start times for the middle schools and Saugatuck Elementary to 8:30 a.m. and start times for the remaining four elementary schools to 9:00 a.m. to the Board of Ed...

Error in 2020 calendar planning raises questions

An error was recently discovered three missing days from the 2020-2021 school calender. The event raises concerns about how errors like this could have occurred and how they should be dealt with.

Eliza Barr ’21 and Tallula Stvan ’21

January 5, 2020

2019 municipal election reminds us of the importance of local politics

Municipal elections may not garner as much attention as those at a national scale, but participation is just as, if not more so, important.

Kaela Dockray '20, Paper Managing Editor

October 24, 2019

There is no doubt that next year’s presidential election will be monumental. For many, November of 2020 will serve either as a testament to the resilience of our democracy or an indication of the failures of our electoral system. Anyone remotely interested in the future of our nation will take the mea...

Board of Education examines redistricting for elementary, middle schools

Due to the construct on Coleytown Middle School due to the mold, the BoE has considered redistricting areas to help balance the amount of students at the schools as Westport’s enrollment is declining.

Katie Simons ’22, Arts Editor

October 8, 2019

The Westport Board of Education (BOE) discussed plans to redistrict the elementary and middle schools at a meeting on Sept. 23. Although redistricting would balance out the recent decrease in enrollment in the Westport Public Schools system, no decisions have been finalized. The BOE discussed...

Palmer continues to receive transportation benefits, salary while on medical leave

 Dr. Colleen Palmer announced her resignation on March 14. Until Aug. 1, Palmer will continue to receive her annual base salary, insurance benefits and transportation allowance.

Audrey Bernstein ’20 and Allie D'Angelo ’20

May 2, 2019

Superintendent Dr. Colleen Palmer will continue to receive her annual base salary and insurance benefits while on leave for medical reasons until her retirement on Aug. 1. Palmer will additionally be receiving a transportation allowance through her leave time, according to the Separation Agreement between Palmer...

Board of Education appoints Anthony Buono Acting Superintendent of Schools

Assistant Superintendent Anthony Buono (middle) will serve as Acting Superintendent while current Superintendent Colleen Palmer is on a leave of absence due to a medical emergency. Buono will hold the position until an interim or official Superintendent is hired.

Audrey Bernstein ’20 and Allie D’Angelo ’20

April 8, 2019

The Board of Education (BOE) voted unanimously (7-0) to appoint former Assistant Superintendent Anthony Buono as the Acting Superintendent of the Westport Public School District on April 8. Buono will begin on April 9.   “I’m honored to accept the position until [the BOE] is able to find a suita...

Board of Education discusses Coleytown Middle School proposals, improvements

Board of Education Vice Chair Jeannie Smith voices her sentiments to BoE members about the proposals of creating a new purpose for Coleytown Middle School.

Jack Dennison '21

April 3, 2019

The Board of Education (BoE) met to discuss improvements for Coleytown Middle School and propose possible redistricting for the Westport school system on Monday, April 1. The Board of Education’s (BoE) goal is to achieve a balance of enrollment.  According to BoE secretary Elaine Whitney equality of enrollme...

Palmer announces retirement

Dr. Colleen Palmer announced her resignation after three years as superintendent of Westport Public Schools.

Sophie Driscoll '19

March 15, 2019

Superintendent Dr. Colleen Palmer announced on March 14 that she will retire on Aug. 1.   “The district is in a time right now where it can be handed over to another superintendent, and I will work tirelessly to make sure that happens smoothly,” Palmer said.   In a press re...

State of the Town Address clarifies Coleytown plans, future of Staples

Earlier last year, First Selectman Jim Marpe spoke during the State of the Town Meeting on Feb. 10, expressing positivity in the overall condition of town and schools.

Natalie Bandura ’22

March 1, 2019

First Selectman Jim Marpe spoke at the State of the Town meeting on Feb. 10 at the Town Hall to discuss fiscal challenges, multi-family housing developments and Coleytown Middle School (CMS), among other topics. Westport’s State of The Town meeting presented residents with an update on the town’s progress over the past year and gave them ...

Board of Ed votes 5 to 2 to approve SRO

Board of Ed votes 5 to 2 to approve SRO

March 28, 2018

By Kaya Leitner '19 In light of the school shooting in Parkland, Florida and the Feb. 27 Shelter in Place at Staples High School due to a student’s violent threat, the Westport Board of Education voted 5-2 on March 26 to approve the hiring of an armed School Resource Officer (SRO). According to WestportNow, the ...

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