Redding school board agrees to comply with auditor’s request   

The Redding Board of Education has agreed to enable an auditor to complete his review of its special education documents. The agreement allows the auditor — Joseph Centofanti, partner at PFK O’Connor Davis in Wethersfield — “to sensitively and confidentially review a limited number” of these documents, according to Dr. Kimberly Yonkers, Board of Finance chairman. The Board of Finance, at its meeting Monday, Sept. 24, accepted a Board of Education proposal to work with Centofanti in a manner that complies with the Family Educational Rights and Privacy Act (FERPA).   FERPA is a federal law that protects the privacy … Read more

Superintendent to discuss ‘long range’ education in Redding

Dr. Thomas McMorran, superintendent of Easton, Redding and ER9 schools, will present Educating the Class of 2032: Thinking Long-Range and Big Picture, at the Mark Twain Library in Redding on Thursday, Oct. 11, at 7:30 p.m. McMorran will discuss his vision for the future of education. The talk will cover the dynamic nature of the way — and the material— children are taught, and the possibilities for shaking up the status quo. He will review the purpose of public education and how a school system should be organized to help young people be citizens of their classrooms — and help … Read more

Redding community steps out to build school playground

Redding is all about community, and that was demonstrated this weekend at Redding Elementary School. In four-hour shifts on Friday, Sept. 28 and Saturday, Sept. 29, more than 200 volunteers got their hands — and the rest of their bodies — covered in mud outside of Redding Elementary School as they built a new playground. “Many people helped much more than four hours; some did around eight,” said Sarah O’Dell, PTA President of Redding Elementary School. “Some were there almost all day.” Volunteers worked under the supervision of specialists from Ultiplay Parks & Playground, who designed the playspace. Over the … Read more

Principal reassures parents: No mold currently at Barlow

Joel Barlow High School.

In response to parent concerns, Redding health officer Doug Hartline found no mold Wednesday, Sept. 19, at Joel Barlow High School in Redding. “Things looked good,” Hartline said. “I did not find any mold or roof leaks.” The mold that had been found previously at the school, however, was weather-related and is not a cause for concern, according to Principal Gina Pin. “Some of the rooms at Barlow were found to have mildew and mold on some surfaces,” Pin said. “The mold is similar the the household spores you might find in your basement or growing on wet sneakers.” This … Read more

Redding playground demolished to make way for new one

The Redding Elementary School playground was torn down on Wednesday, Sept. 19, by the Redding Highway Department. A community build project will replace the 30-year-old playground with a brand new one on Sept. 28 and Sept. 29. The funds supporting this goal have accrued from private donations, local grants, PTA grants, and PTA student choice votes. The new playground will be assembled by members of the community under the supervision of Ultiplay specialists. All community members are volunteering their time to help. — Angela Caes photo

Weston student selected for State Student Advisory Council on Education

David Tamburri, a senior at Weston High School and co-executive vice president of the student council, was selected to join the State Student Advisory Council on Education (SSACE). The council was formed 20 years ago to give Connecticut students a voice in education planning and enable the state Board of Education, the commissioner of education, state department of education personnel, the governor, and state legislators to become familiar with high school students’ perspectives on key issues. SSACE meets regularly with the education commissioner, and on occasion with the governor, to reflect student opinion on matters of concern to the state’s … Read more

Damian Long named theater coordinator in Weston

Damian Long

Veteran educator Damian Long will serve as Weston Public Schools’ theater coordinator, overseeing the district’s theatrical productions. Long is a member of Weston High School’s faculty where he teaches English and drama. He has been a member of the school’s theater program for many years, having directed several productions including Carousel, Twelfth Night, and The Importance of Being Earnest. Long will join Elizabeth Morris, WHS Company Theater Club adviser, in leading the theater program. The fall drama production, to be directed by Nancy Ponturo, will be getting underway shortly at the high school.

Weston and Barlow students named Merit semifinalists

Four area students have been named semifinalists in the annual National Merit Scholarship Program. Weston seniors Owen Tanzer, Carolyn Zech, and Kayla Zhang have earned the semifinalist qualification. Andrew Z. Yu, of Joel Barlow High School in Redding, has been named a semifinalist. The academically successful high school seniors who qualified as semifinalists have an opportunity to continue in the competition for approximately 7,500 National Merit Scholarships worth about $31 million that will be offered next spring. In order to qualify as a semifinalist, each student must be among the highest-scoring entrants of the preliminary SAT exams in their state. … Read more

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