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Trump’s tax plan disastrous in every way

Trump’s tax plan disastrous in every way

November 7, 2017

By Madison Sell '18 A few weeks ago, Trump released his official tax plan pending congressional approval. There has been major backlash from both sides of the isle, and rightfully so. Trump’s plan enhances many pre existing problems and creates plenty of new ones as well, many of which contradi...

Board of Education discusses further budget restoration

Board of Education discusses further budget restoration

April 25, 2017

By Becky Hoving '17 Members of the Board of Education (BoE) met Monday, April 24 to respond to the restoration of $310,000 to the Westport Public Schools budget. The restoration is a response to the initial $2.4 million dollar cut to the annual budget that Superintendent Dr. Colleen Palmer warned...

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...

Board of Finance approves proposed BOE budget

Board of Finance approves proposed BOE budget

Eliza Llewellyn, Web Managing Editor

March 21, 2014

Thursday night’s Board of Finance meeting sparked debate and discussion, but ultimately resulted in the approval of the BOE’s proposed budget in a 4-3 vote. The budget proposal, a 4.82 percent increase over last year’s, reflected alterations made in a closed-session BOE meeting earlier that...

Blame, solutions swirl around $2 mill shortfall

Blame, solutions swirl around $2 mill shortfall

Eliza Llewellyn, Web Managing Editor

January 31, 2014

At the Dec. 11 Board of Finance meeting, news of a shortfall of roughly $1.9 million shook the board. Since then, questions have revolved around who’s to blame and how to make up the deficit. “I was shocked when I heard the amount,” Board of Finance member Mike Rea said.  “It was a perfect storm,...

Board of Education talks budget

Board of Education talks budget

Alexa Di Luca, Staff Writer

January 9, 2014

On Jan. 6 at 7:30 p.m. the Board of Education (BOE) meeting attracted parents and members of the Westport community due to the current deficit of approximately $2 million. The main topics of the night included an update and action plan for the 2013-14 budget and a proposal for the Superintendent’s...

Board of Education debates start times, but not for Staples

Board of Education debates start times, but not for Staples

Will McDonald, Managing Editor

October 26, 2013

With a leaner docket than normal meetings, turnout for Monday’s Board of Education meeting was rather low. The main issue on the agenda was school start times and how bussing can be rearranged to even out the start time disparity that currently exists between most middle and elementary schools. Currently,...

Subbing Out: Spending on Substitute Teachers Goes Over Budget

Subbing Out: Spending on Substitute Teachers Goes Over Budget

Bailey Ethier, News Editor

September 26, 2013

During the 2012-13 school year Westport Public Schools went $222,039, 0.33 percent, over budget on salaries due to an “extensive use of substitute teachers and non-certified staff overtime,” according to the Westport Board of Education agenda for Aug. 26. Substitute teacher Michael Herring said ...

Safe for Now: Board of Ed Rehires Teachers for 2011-12 School Year

Safe for Now: Board of Ed Rehires Teachers for 2011-12 School Year

June 6, 2011

2011 has been a bleak year for hundreds of Connecticut educators, as budget cuts in towns across the state have threatened the jobs of many teachers and paraprofessionals. Urban districts and wealthy suburban towns alike have taken measures – some more drastic than others – to cut down on the n...

Safe for Now: Board of Ed Rehires Teachers for 2011-12 School Year

Safe for Now: Board of Ed Rehires Teachers for 2011-12 School Year

June 6, 2011

2011 has been a bleak year for hundreds of Connecticut educators, as budget cuts in towns across the state have threatened the jobs of many teachers and paraprofessionals. Urban districts and wealthy suburban towns alike have taken measures – some more drastic than others – to cut down on the n...

Board of Finance Restores $60,000 of Transit Budget

Board of Finance Restores $60,000 of Transit Budget

April 8, 2011

During the April 6 meeting of the Board of Finance, members decided, in a five to two vote, to restore $60,000 of the $100,000 cut from the Westport Transit budget during the prior meeting. Westport Transit Co-Director Bud Titsworth proposed four plans to reduce the cost of public transport in Westport. By eliminating the Nyala ...

Classroom Cuts & Budget Blues: A Q&A with Providence Mayor Angel Taveras

Classroom Cuts & Budget Blues: A Q&A with Providence Mayor Angel Taveras

April 4, 2011

On March 1, Superintendent of Westport Public Schools Elliott Landon sent a letter to 144 untenured Westport teachers notifying them that their contracts would not be renewed for the 2011-12 school year. In addition, the Board of Education (BOE) and Board of Finance (BOF) have been at odds regarding budgetary cuts. These financial and staffing cuts are not unique to Westport:...

Tough Economy Brings Budget Struggle

Tough Economy Brings Budget Struggle

January 25, 2011

As the existing education budget for Westport Public Schools represents 63.7 percent of the entire town budget for the fiscal year 2010-2011, or nearly $111 million, its revision concerns many organizations and individuals supported by the school system. In addition, continuing unrest in the general economy has lead to various calls for budge...

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