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If approved, this years Education budget will increase by about 8%.

Board of Finance approves Board of Education budget for next year

Sophie Smith ’26, Paper Sports Editor March 29, 2024

The Board of Finance passed the Board of Education’s spending plan for the 2024-2025 school year on March 19. The budget will now go to the Representative Town Meeting to be officially approved.  The...

An overview of the new 2023-2024 town and school budget, recently passed by the Board of Finance. Graphic by Finnegan Courtney 23.

Board of Finance approves school, town budget for 2023-24 school year

Finnegan Courtney, Executive TV Producer March 28, 2023

The Board of Finance (BOF) unanimously approved the proposed 2023-2024 school year budget for the district and followed by the entire 2023-2024 town budget on March 17, completing the final step of the...

The authorized $222.8 million budget for Westport will be spent on many areas.

Representative Town Meeting approves $222.8 million budget

Sarah Marron ’24, Web Sports Editor May 18, 2022

The Representative Town Meeting (RTM), the legislative body of Westport, approved the $222.8 million budget for 2022-23 on May 3. The allocated amount has increased by about $4 million, or 1.8%, from the...

Superintendent’s budget proposal focuses on building renovations, retains staff

Superintendent’s budget proposal focuses on building renovations, retains staff

Natalie Bandura ‘22 March 14, 2022

Superintendent Thomas Scarice has proposed a budget for the 2022-23 school year to Westport’s Board of Finance, which will be voted on at the end of March. Scarice’s recommendations include a floor...

A panel of students from Civic Leadership High School along with Connecticut Board of Education Student Member Natalie Bandura discuss preliminary ideas for budgeting proposals at the Nov. 10 event.

New state initiative expands youth civic engagement in education budgeting

Anna Diorio ’23, Broadcast Director November 10, 2021

Staples will participate in Voice4Change, an initiative in state educational financing, which allows students to craft, campaign for and vote on budget proposals for how to spend $20,000 allocated to each...

There is an influx of students taking art classes including the Introduction to Drawing class pictured above.

Staples art department attempts normalcy despite influx in students

Toby Goldfarb ’23, Web News Editor October 19, 2021

Due to recent changes in graduation requirements that decreased the number of physical education credits for class of 2023 and beyond, there is a higher demand for primarily introductory art classes. As...

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.

BOE votes to remove the Innovation Fund

Katie Simons ’22, Paper 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...

BOE considers cutting 2 Staples staff positions

BOE considers cutting 2 Staples staff positions

Katie Simons ’22 and Prasaus Yeager ’22, Arts Editor and Staff Writer February 7, 2020

The Board of Education (BOE) announced on Jan. 27 that they were considering cutting two teacher positions, one position each  English and science departments at Staples High School. Costs accrued...

First Selectman Jim Marpe (left) and BOE Chair Candice Savin (right) were both in attendance alongside other Westport officials during a press conference to discuss the town-wide implications of COVID-19.

State of the Town Address discusses yearly updates, fiscal challenges

Natalie Bandura '22, Paper News Editor January 29, 2020

First Selectman Jim Marpe and Board of Education Chair Candice Savin spoke at Westport’s State of the Town Address on Jan. 26 in the Westport Public Library to report on town and school accomplishments...

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...

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...

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,...

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