Posts tagged ‘Board of Education’

November 1st, 2015

Letter: Republicans Keep High Standards on BOE

by Christopher O'Brien

Letter to the Editor by Katie Ciarlo

Recent political mailings and articles criticizing the Wolcott Board of Education piqued my interest and prompted me to look deeper into the information that was addressed in these articles.

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November 1st, 2013

Democratic Candidates for Board of Education

by Christopher O'Brien

BOEBuildingPhotoThe largest industry in Wolcott is education. With over 500 teachers and staff educating about 2800 students, the Board of Education is also the town’s largest employer. It manages a $32.2 Million budget -65% of all town expenditures. Members meet twice a month and are prohibited from receiving any payment by state statute.

Their role is to manage the school system, oversee the Superintendant, approve hires and resignation, approve curricula and many other roles. The Board is governed by State Statute and operates entirely independent of the Mayor and Town Council. The only role the Town C

ouncil has officially with the Board is approving the total requested whole budget allocation (For example, the Council can approve its $32.2 million budget, but has no input into any specific line item).

When new contracts are approved, Board and Superintendant often submit those contracts to the Council for approval.

Republicans currently have a 6-3 majority. Each party will present 6 candidates to voters to choose from on Election Day. Voters may select up to 6 candidates on their ballot, although 9 will be elected.

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October 8th, 2013

Wolcott Election Coming Soon!

by Christopher O'Brien

Wolcott residents have an opportunity to choose their locally elected leaders every two years. From appeals boards to Mayor, many of our neighbors volunteer their time to ensure our government runs smoothly and fairly. We choose residents to manage education curriculum, approve school contracts, and oversee our superintendant. Other residents will be chosen to manage the town’s budgets and set a tax rate for the next two years. Another resident will be chosen to collect those taxes and also be fair to those who are hampered by the economy in paying their taxes.

 

In all, 31 slots are open for elected office on November 5th. Yet, of the 50 candidates, whom will you choose? And what rational will you select one candidate over another?

In the coming four weeks, the Whisper will run articles about the election and profiles about the candidates. Every candidate is invited to submit a profile and will be asked to answer a few questions. These are intended so the public can make an informed choice for their leaders.

All residents are also invited to submit their views on any issue they feel is important, or endorsing any particular candidate.

 

All submissions may be editted for clarity and space and letters generally should be less than 550 words. Please e-mail us at WolcottWhisper@gmail.com .

June 6th, 2012

ACLU Defends WHS Student Expression

by Christopher O'Brien

Editor’s note: The ACLU sent this letter to school officials: aclu-ct-letter-060512

Click on “Comment” below to join the LOCAL discussion.

by Elizabeth Bowling | CTNewsJunkie.com

The Front of the shirt worn to school

A WHS student wore this shirt, where the reverse side read "Excessive Speech Day"

His classmates were allowed to wear duct tape over their mouths in silent support of gay rights, but a Wolcott High School student was told he had to remove an anti-gay T-shirt, according to his father.

The T-shirt featured a rainbow with a slash through it on one side, and a male and female stick figure holding hands on the other side with the words “Excessive Speech Day” on the other side.

The student, Seth Groody, wore the T-shirt on April 20 to

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November 14th, 2011

Board of Education Results

by Christopher O'Brien

Below are the results of Tuesday’s Elections for Board of Education. Results are compiled from the Town Clerk’s office.

The previous Board consisted of five Republicans and four Democrats. The new board favors a firm Republican lock with a 6-3 majority.

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November 9th, 2011

Republicans Pledge To Work With Mayor; Landslide Against Dems; Turnout Low

by Christopher O'Brien

**Updated Thursday 8:30 am**
The VFW hall was filled with celebration as Republicans arrived from their Wolcott Rd. headquarters, learning what the next two years would bring. Across town at the East Street eatery, the mood was more somber as Democrats questioned what happened. For the first time in many years, long serving Democrats were ushered from office and replaced by a cadre of newcomesrs who pledged to work closely with Mayor Dunn. It is also the first time the Council has had a six member majority in at least a decade.

Dunn beat Democratic challenger Steven Olmstead 4180- 803.

The newly formed Town Council will be seated next Wednesday and have an entirely new dynamic. For the past two years, Council headed by four member minority Democrats Michael Santogatta and Steven Olmstead will see neither of the leaders. Fellow Democrat Michael Perrone lost re-election in a Row C gamble and even the fate of Charles Marsella hangs in the balance with a recount.

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November 7th, 2011

Democratic Board of Education Candidate Profiles

by LonSeidman

Democrats are bringing five newcomers to the slate this year. Incumbent Teresa Pineau has only been on the Board for eight months. Currently, there are four members. Helen Audibert is retiring while James Pape and Tony Gugliotti have opted to run for Town Council.

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October 30th, 2011

Commentary: Should School Officials Use Ruse for Drug Search?

by LonSeidman

Just one week after Superintendant Macary’s contract was truncated and replaced by a new 3 year contract, the Waterbury Republican- American reported that a drug search took place at Wolcott High School. Students informed their parents that they were told that intruders were in the schools and they were locked in their classrooms until an announcement was made that it was only a drill. According to the Republican – American article, only Superintendant Macary and the High School principal knew about the drill beforehand. The article also says that Macary did not know about the ruse mentioned below.

By Rick Green
Hartford Courant – 10/22/11

At Wolcott High School one morning this week, an urgent announcement crackled over the intercom: a threatening intruder was in the building and students were told to immediately take refuge in classrooms.

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