Ashley Porter, a teacher in the agriculture education department at Housatonic Valley Regional High School, will resign this Friday according to Region 1 Superintendent Patricia Chamberlain. Chamberlain told the Region 1 board Porter is leaving for another career opportunity and that Porter’s vacancy will be filled by a substitute on an interim basis.
From this mornings Poughkeepsie Journal…..
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ALBANY Total education spending in New York topped $60 billion during the 2013-14 school year, averaging out to $21,812 for each of the state’s nearly 3 million students, according to a report released Monday.
The analysis from the New York State Association of School Business Officials showed the state’s 679 local school districts took on the brunt of the cost, spending about $32.7 billion, which comes out to $11,888 per pupil or 54.5 percent of the total. The vast majority of the local share — about 90 percent — is covered by property taxpayers, according to the report.
The state’s share was about 41.4 percent — $24.9 billion total or $9,026 per pupil — while the federal government accounted for the rest. Overall, spending during the 2013-14 year was up about 3 percent from the previous year’s total of $58 billion. And while the state’s share has increased each year since 2010-11, it still lags behind what it was prior to the most-recent economic recession, leaving local districts to pick up the difference, the report found.
“The state share of education funding is still below pre-recession levels despite recent increases in school aid demonstrating a need for further state investment,” Michael Borges, the association’s executive director, said in a statement.
New York spends well above the nationwide per-pupil average, according to the U.S. Census Bureau.
The Northwest Connecticut Arts Council has announced its most recent UNICO Scholarship Awardee. For 2015-16 the recipient is Evan Bosio of North Canaan, CT. The Northwest Connecticut Arts Council administers a modest but meaningful grant program on behalf of the Torrington UNICO Scholarship Fund. This fund has enabled the Arts Council to direct funds to visual and performing art students and practitioners who are 25 years old or younger. The goal of the grant is to foster the talent and career development of Northwest Connecticut youth in all areas of the arts.
Evan Bosio, a recent graduate of Housatonic Valley Regional High School, has been awarded the Paolo Abate Mini Grant Arts Award of $600 through the Torrington UNICO Scholarship Fund towards his education at Berklee College of Music. In January, he will begin pursuing his Bachelor’s Degree in Music Performance.
The Northwest Connecticut Arts Council is supported in part by the DECD/Connecticut Office of the Arts, the Community Foundation of Northwest Connecticut and the Connecticut Community Foundation. For more information about the Northwest Connecticut Arts Council or to inquire about the Torrington UNICO Scholarship Fund for young artists, call (860) 618-0075 or go to http://www.artsnwct.org
Housatonic Valley Regional High School is pleased to announce that its annual Open House will be held on Thursday, September 17, 2015 at 6:45PM in the Henry Burgess Auditorium. Parents will follow their child’s schedule, meet members of the faculty, staff, and administration, and receive an overview of each class’s content and expectations. They will also learn about the high school’s co-curricular offerings, student activities and social and service groups. We look forward to seeing you there!
From today’s Republican-American..meet the new faces of Region 1
A complaint filed by town officials with the state Department of Education against the Region 1 Board of Education warrants an investigation, state Commissioner of Education Dianna R. Wentzell has ruled. In an Aug. 12 letter to Frederick Dorsey of Kainen, Escalera and McHale P.C., the attorney representing Falls Village in this matter, Wentzell stated, “I am writing
to inform you that I have found the complaint to be substantial. Consequently, I am ordering an investigation of the complaint.” The complaint alleges that the Region 1 Board of Education is failing to comply with its statutory and contractual obligations to its member boards, and town officials are asking the state to order such compliance. While the Falls Village school board held off on signing it, urging that some changes be made, Chairman Lara Mittaud eventually put her signature on it with reluctance.
She asked that a proviso be attached to the minutes stating her board’s concerns, but her request was denied. The school board and selectmen have questions about the selecting and hiring of a superintendent, and the modification of the terms of the superintendent’s salary. See today’s edition of The Republican-American for full story.