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Parking prices skyrocket due to proposed budget cuts

Parking prices skyrocket due to proposed budget cuts

April 17, 2017

By Camryn Ragland and Liv Ronca The Board of Education has recently proposed an extensive list of budget cuts totaling to $1.7 million, of which includes a $100 increase in senior parking stickers. Senior parking stickers in past years have cost students $50. However, in a recent budget proposal by the Board of Education, this cost increased 200 percent. “Staples right now charge...

Board of Education budget cuts prompts community discussion in town meeting

Board of Education budget cuts prompts community discussion in town meeting

March 31, 2017

By: Francesca Truitt '17  The Westport Board of Education (BoE) must reduce its budget by $1.7 million to $125,120,532.50 next year, as requested by the Westport Board of Finance (BoF). Last Thursday, March 16, the BoF held a public hearing to discuss Superintendent Dr. Colleen Palmer’s proposed cuts ...

Superintendent warns faculty of budget reduction after state education cuts

Superintendent warns faculty of budget reduction after state education cuts

Fritz Schemel '17, Editor in Chief

March 9, 2017

By Fritz Schemel '17 In an e-mail Tuesday to Staples faculty, Superintendent Colleen Palmer detailed the impacts recent state budget cuts to Westport’s education system will have. In her letter, Palmer said the district has lost $2.4 million dollars in support from the state this year in their...

BOE confirms James D’Amico as the new Staples principal

BOE confirms James D’Amico as the new Staples principal

Brett Franklin, Staff Writer

March 21, 2016

After a coast to coast search for a new principal at Staples, the Board of Education (BOE) finally confirmed James D’Amico, who already sits next to the board members at their weekly meetings. D’Amico will take over as principal for Staples High School on the first of July and will replace the...

Colleen Palmer appointed new Westport Superintendent

Colleen Palmer appointed new Westport Superintendent

Justin Schwebel, Staff Writer

January 18, 2016

Dr. Colleen Palmer was officially appointed as the next superintendent of the Westport Public Schools at Monday night's Board of Education (BOE) meeting with a unanimous 6-0 vote. . Palmer, who will begin her role as superintendent on July 1, will replace Dr. Elliot Landon. Landon who has worked fo...

Course additions expand Staples’ curriculum

Course additions expand Staples’ curriculum

Claudia Chen, Paper Managing Editor

November 30, 2015

On Nov. 23, the Board of Education unanimously approved nine new courses at Staples High School for the 2016-17 school year. The courses are AP Music Theory, Mandarin Chinese 5, AP Chinese Language and Culture, Gothic and Horror Literature, Sports Literature and Research, Earth Science, Creative Techno...

Candidates civil in Board of Education debate

Candidates civil in Board of Education debate

Megan Doyle, Staff Writer

October 22, 2015

The Board of Education had a debate on Oct. 15 at Town Hall in preparation for the upcoming election. Three candidates were on the stage: Michael Gordon, Paul Block, and Mark Matthews, all current members of the board. The debate was sponsored by The League of Women Voters, and the moderator was Jean Rabinow. Questions were either emailed or written down and delivered to the women who would then read it to the can...

Recruitment firm holds community forum regarding superintendent search

Recruitment firm holds community forum regarding superintendent search

Claire Dinshaw, News Editor

September 4, 2015

An open community forum was held Tuesday night concerning the hiring of the new district superintendent. Deborah Raizes and John Chambers, representatives from Hazard, Young and Attea (HYA), the search firm charged with finding a new superintendent for Westport Public Schools, ran the forum. “We are in the information gathering stage,” Chambers said, addressing the small crowd gathered...

Junior students stand up against the SBAC

Junior students stand up against the SBAC

Emma Lederer, Staff Writer

June 3, 2015

Last week, eleventh-grade students were scheduled to take the much-discussed Smarter Balanced Assessment Consortium. However, as the week approached, more and more students decided to opt out of the test. The number of participants in the “trial run” of this standardized test further decreased...

New principal not yet appointed

New principal not yet appointed

Jane Levy, Editor-in-Chief

May 22, 2015

Elliott Landon sent an email on Wednesday May 20 to the staff of the Westport Public Schools, in which he stated that Greenwich Public Schools’ press release announcing the hiring of current principal of Central Middle School, Shelley Somers, as the new Staples High School principal was premature and...

BOE discusses health survey, continuing ed. and goals

BOE discusses health survey, continuing ed. and goals

Alexa Di Luca, Staff Writer

May 7, 2015

On May 4, the Board of Education (BOE) discussed the results of the Westport/Weston/Wilton Student Health Survey, modifications to Westport Continuing Education and the BOE’s goals for 2015-2016. The health survey required that a minimum of 100 students were tested in each grade level. The questions...

Feb. break, it was nice knowing you

Feb. break, it was nice knowing you

Alexa DiLuca, Staff Writer

March 30, 2015

Word is that there is no more long Feb. break for the current sophomores and freshman. You heard me right. Staples’s beloved week off, in between the holiday break and spring break, will be gone starting in the 2016-2017 school year. Even though I am graduating this year, hearing this still rattl...

BOE discusses therapy and a new school calendar

BOE discusses therapy and a new school calendar

Alexa Di Luca, Staff Writer

March 18, 2015

On March 16, the Board of Education (BOE) met in the Staples cafeteria to discuss Dialectical Behavior Therapy (DBT) and finalize the uniform school calendar for 2016-2017. Valerie Babich and Alycia Dadd, school psychologists, presented the board with a PowerPoint explaining the benefits of DBT. ...

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