Letter: Stop regionalization

To the Editor: Regionalization will lead to the degradation of Connecticut’s integrity. These bills are being touted by politicians as being in the interest of taxpayers by lowering costs through the consolidation of resources in existing school districts; 150 school districts consolidated to 54 regional districts! The public hearing in Hartford on March 1 made it clear that these bills … read more

Selectmen pass budget, recommend $460,000 school cut

Recommending a cut of close of half a million on a roughly $98-million school budget, the Board of Selectmen finished up their work on 2019-20 budget Wednesday, March 6.  The selectmen unanimously approved a $38,318,807 budget for town departments — the 0% increase they’d been working on. They also approved a $4,525,570 capital budget for major projects and purchases for … read more

Letter: Regionalization of schools is an intentional distraction

To the Editor: School regionalization is all a distraction so the governor can “throw a bone” (regionalization) back while he sticks partial pension obligations onto the richer towns. A guy smart enough to get rich and be elected governor should know that regionalization would not fly in suburban towns so my thinking is this is a ploy to distract us … read more

Hands Off Our Schools rally draws big crowd to Ridgefield

With the sounds of Twisted Sister’s “We’re Not Gonna Take it” echoing through the village, townspeople, town leaders, and legislators led a rally opposing school regionalization on the steps of Ridgefield’s Town Hall Saturday, Feb. 23. Around 200 people stood on the sidewalks of Main Street, many of them holding up signs in the air protesting the proposed change. “Moved … read more

Will Haskell — Here’s how I’m protecting our schools

Will Haskell

This last month, I’ve heard from hundreds of constituents who are concerned about school regionalization. I’m passionate about it, too. There’s nothing more important than making sure we provide students with a high-quality education that prepares them to succeed in the 21st century. As a state senator, I’m eager to equip every community in Connecticut with the tools they need … read more

Hands Off Our Schools: Rally against regionalization to be held Feb. 23

A rally against Senate Bill 454 — the proposal to consolidate school districts in towns with fewer than 40,000 residents — will be held in front of Ridgefield’s Town Hall from 10 to 10:30 a.m. Saturday, Feb. 23. Ridgefield resident Liz Floegel is organizing the event, which has been dubbed the “hands off our schools” initiative. It’s expected to draw protesters from … read more

Regionalization would combine central offices, not schools

A new bill proposed in the state Senate could have Ridgefield sharing a superintendent and school office with Redding, Bethel, and Newtown. The bill, SB-454, would create a commission tasked with consolidating school districts of towns with fewer than 40,000 residents into regionalized districts. But the bill’s author, state Senate President Pro Tempore Martin Looney, said regionalization will not shutter … read more

Forced regionalization? Proposed school bill creates ‘significant challenges’

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A newly proposed bill in Connecticut’s legislature could change the makeup of Ridgefield’s school district. The bill (SB 454) was introduced by State Senate President Pro Tempore Martin Looney (D-11), who represents New Haven. If passed, the new bill would create a commission charged with developing a plan to consolidate school districts in towns with fewer than 40,000 residents. In … read more

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