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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

John Klinge, a member of the Representative Town Meeting, shares his opinion on the Health Insurance Fund Review Committee.

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...

Students, parents weigh in on middle school STEM proposal

Students, parents weigh in on middle school STEM proposal

Ben Goldschlager, Web News Editor

November 26, 2013

This Monday, Nov. 25, the Board of Education [BOE] had planned on voting on expanding engineering in the middle schools via the Science, Technology, Engineering and Mathematics program. But, after a meeting which more than 40 people attended and 16 spoke on the proposal, the board, in light of all the ...

A Smarter Balance?

A Smarter Balance?

Nicole DeBlasi, Web A&E Editor

October 10, 2013

On Oct. 7, the Westport Board of Education met at Staples. One of the most pressing issues discussed was the implementation of a new standardized test called Smarter Balanced Assessments, which will replace CAPT and CMT. Smarter Balanced Assessments, unlike CAPT or CMT, will be taken on computers, beginning, tentat...

Subbing Out: Spending on Substitute Teachers Goes Over Budget

These numbers are based on the Board of Education's proposed budget for the 2013-2014 school year.

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 ...

Schooled on Schoology

Westport Public Schools Director of Technology Natalie Carrignan talks to the Board of Education about the move to Schoology, which is planned for next year.

Hannah Foley, Editor-in-Chief

June 6, 2013

On Monday, June 3, Natalie Carrignan, Westport Public Schools Director of Technology, spoke before the Board of Education concerning the switch from Blackboard to Schoology, the learning management system that will be used by the district during the 2013-2014 school year. With a layout similar to Facebook...

BOE discusses 2025 initiative

BOE discusses 2025 initiative

Jordan Shenhar, Staff Writer

May 22, 2013

The BOE convened on Monday, May 20 to discuss the Westport 2025 initiative and the district’s goals for the upcoming year. The meeting’s primary focus was a presentation by Director of Secondary Education Lisbeth Comm, Director of Human Resources Marge Cion and co-founder of the Teacher’s College of...

BOE Discusses Staff Policy on Social Media and New P.E. Program

BOE Discusses Staff Policy on Social Media and New P.E. Program

December 21, 2010

Issues taken up by the Westport Board of Education (BOE) at Monday night’s meeting included a new leadership program in physical education, and the district’s emerging policy on social media. David Gusitsch, 6-12 Physical Education & Health Department Chair and Curriculum Coordinator, star...

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