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Possible School Closure in Newtown, CT? As early as next year????

Our understanding is that the Board of Education Chairperson raised questions about the possibility of closing an elementary school, specifically Head O’ Meadow, at the September BOE meeting.

Dear all Newtown Families,
Our understanding is that the Board of Education Chairperson raised questions about the possibility of closing an elementary school, specifically Head O’ Meadow, at the September BOE meeting.  A study was requested to see if it’s possible to move forward.  While this only mentions Head O' Meadow, please understand that this will impact all elementary schools as they would need to send these students across town to other elementary schools.  Who benefits here?  Please attend the Board of Education meting on Tuesday (10/2) and show your support for all of these Newtown families.  Let them know that this is unacceptable.

The study is on the Agenda for the BOE Meeting on Tuesday, October 2nd.  Public participation on the topic will be held at the beginning of the meeting and the end of the meeting as outlined below.

Board of Education Meeting * October 2, 2012 * 3 Primrose Street * 7:30 p.m.
A G E N D A
REVISED October 1, 2012
Item 1 CONSENT AGENDA
·         Donation to Newtown Middle School
·         Personnel Item(s)
Item 2 PUBLIC PARTICIPATION*
Item 3 REPORTS
·         Correspondence
·         Chair Report
·         Superintendent’s Report
·         Current Budget Report
Item 4 OLD BUSINESS
·         Report Requested by Board on Reed School Schedule
·         Transportation Update
·         Discussion and Possible Action on Process of School Facilities Study
·         Approve Minutes of September 18, 2012
Item 5 NEW BUSINESS
·         Discussion and Possible Action on Board of Education Budget Goals
·         Mandates on State Waiver
·         Possible Early Retirement Package
Item 6 PUBLIC PARTICIPATION*
Item 7 EXECUTIVE SESSION
·         Possible Litigation
Item 8 ADJOURNMENT
Item 9 NON-MEETING REGARDING NEGOTIATIONS


*BOE Public Participation Rules: During Public Participation, the Board welcomes commentary from citizens regarding agenda items. We request that speakers be concise and respectful in their comments, do not make reference to specific persons, avoid repetition of comments made by other speakers and limit comments to no more than three minutes. The first Public Participation will be confined to agenda items only. The second Public Participation will be for agenda items as well as issues the public wishes the Board to consider in the future. The Board of Education does not discuss personnel items in public. If you desire more information or answers to specific questions, please complete the Citizen’s Request for Information form located on the table.

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Karen C. Pierce October 03, 2012 at 06:41 PM
The school and property were donated by Mary Hawely, and while the Trust that exists offers little in the way of actual dollars, there are stipulations quite specific as to what happens to the building and property if the building is closed. Not certain what they are, but it is possible the building and property would be reallocated to another agency not affiliated with the town.
Karen C. Pierce October 03, 2012 at 06:47 PM
That is an assignation for another town building supported by Mary Hawley's trust, so it is possible that a similar attachments have been made to other buildings our benefactress built and donated. Would recommend town agents, especially BOE become aware of the specifics as these discussions move forward.
Michelle Ku October 04, 2012 at 05:55 PM
The BOE Chair was on the Ad Hoc Facilities Subcommittee which made those recommendations in April. The reason that HOM is being pushed now is because it is the smallest school. It could be closed soonest, because the least number of classrooms would be lost. The Ad Hoc Facilities Subcommittee "considered changes that may provide cost savings while maintaining or improving education quality." The difference between then and now is that there is a sense of urgency to satisfy voters who want no tax increases, there is no long term planning and no talk of "maintaining or improving education quality." This is being driven by expediency.
Sam Mihailoff October 05, 2012 at 03:51 AM
Everyone is now getting all spun up...take a deep breath, padlocks are not going on HOM tomorrow, nor next week, nor next year, IF EVER The parade is not funded by the town. The closure of Hawley may seriously impact the Mary Hawley Trust, plus the HVAC would still need to be done. Some people like parks...sounds like Hawley might just be your personal choice and not with supporting data either :-)
Ben January 26, 2013 at 12:06 AM
Lady are you CRAZY - what's wrong with you?

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