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A ‘Wish List’ or Two for Walsh

by Sally E. Bahner | Nov 16, 2015 9:02 am

Sally E. Bahner PhotoThe Board of Education (BOE) and the design team of DTC/Perkins Eastman heard comments from the board and the public on Wednesday at its first meeting regarding the specific educational specifications for what is likely to be a renovated Walsh Intermediate School.

It’s what could be described as a “wish list,” “dream list,” or, more accurately, a student needs list for the school.

Sally E. Bahner PhotoJoseph Costa, Perkins Eastman principal, presented a draft of the educational specifications, which, when finalized, are presented to the state as a basis for funding. They are not tied to a dollar amount, nor to the final design of the building.

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Veterans Day at BHS Still Going Strong

by Bill O'Brien | Nov 15, 2015 8:20 am

Bill O'Brien PhotoFor the past 19 years Salvatore Zarra and Rich Biondi have co-chaired the Veterans Day program at Branford High School, inviting about 30 veterans to speak to the students about their experiences in Afghanistan, Iraq, Vietnam, Korea and even World War II.

Bill O'Brien PhotoOn Wednesday morning the veterans met early for coffee then congregated in the front lobby of the high school for a group picture before marching into the Commons before the entire student body and faculty. Wednesday was the official Veteran’s Day.

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Republicans Take RTM, BOE

by marcia chambers | Nov 7, 2015 8:30 am | Comments (1)

File PhotoThe voters who gave Republican First Selectman Jamie Cosgrove a resounding victory over Democrat Mark Rabinowitz did so as well for the town’s legislative body, the Representative Town Meeting (RTM). For the second term in a row, Republicans won a 19-11 majority. 

Branford’s voter turnout in the municipal election was a little higher than the state’s average, coming in at 39.1 percent. Turnout for Tuesday’s election, which traditionally is lower in non-presidential election years, came in at 32.7 percent statewide, the Secretary of the State’s office announced Friday. In 2013, the Branford municipal election turnout was 44.6 percent.

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BOE Candidates Agree To Agree On Many Issues

by Diana Stricker | Oct 22, 2015 11:40 am | Comments (3)

Diana Stricker PhotoThe seven candidates for four seats on the nine member Board of Education (BOE) agreed on so many issues at Monday’s forum that one incumbent joked that a couple more seats should be added so everyone could win.

The BOE candidates fielded a variety of questions, including renovations at Walsh Intermediate School, standardized testing, fiscal responsibility and changing demographics. Some questions were submitted by students at Branford High School, and other questions came from the audience.

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Is It Time for a Modern Walsh?

by Diana Stricker | Sep 10, 2015 11:02 am

With PermissionMichael Krause, who chairs the Board of Education (BOE), says it is time to bring Walsh Intermediate School into the 21st century—and he should know. He was in the first 5th grade class to attend Walsh when it opened almost 45 years ago.

“It is time to bring the building up to date,” Krause told the Eagle.

A new feasibility study offers four options, ranging in cost from an estimated $77.6 million to $92.6 million—before state reimbursement. When potential state funds are included in the estimates, the town’s portion would range from an estimated $52.5 million to $70.8 million. Educators appear to be leaning toward the so-called “hybrid” option but remain open about the other plans as well.

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Jacey Wyatt Runs Again For 1st Selectwoman

by marcia chambers | Aug 17, 2015 9:15 am | Comments (1)

File PhotoJacey Wyatt, a businesswoman and former super model, has made it official: She will again run for First Selectwoman on her own third party ticket. She made the announcement on the Branford Eagle’s most recent BCTV television program

Wyatt, 44, ran in 2013 on the Branford Independent Voters party, a party she created, and she garnered 383 votes for first selectwoman and 704 votes for the Board of Education. This time around she expects to do better. She currently serves on the Parks and Open Space Commission.


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Another Walsh Study on the Way

by Diana Stricker | Jul 9, 2015 12:48 pm

File PhotoTown leaders are hoping a new feasibility study of Walsh Intermediate School will find a solution to the long-discussed need for renovations or replacement of the outdated school.

First Selectman James Cosgrove announced Thursday that he hired DTC consulting firm of Hamden to do a feasibility analysis and cost estimates for three options at Walsh—new construction; renovating “as new”; and a hybrid option which includes renovation and new academic space.

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Schools: A Farewell, A Welcome and a Raise For Hamlet

by Diana Stricker | Jun 26, 2015 8:07 am

Diana Stricker PhotoBranford’s Board of Education (BOE) said goodbye to its assistant superintendent Wednesday night, extended the contract of the superintendent, and hired a new principal for Sliney Elementary School.

Dr. Mary Peraro (pictured above), who is retiring after 39 years in education, is leaving her position as assistant superintendent but she isn’t leaving the Branford education scene. At least for awhile. Peraro told the Eagle she agreed to serve as a part-time consultant through December to help the district ease through the transition.

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BHS Sends On The Class of 2015

by Diana Stricker | Jun 23, 2015 8:16 am

Mary Johnson PhotoBranford School District leaders and graduates talked about making dreams come true during commencement ceremonies on the Town Green last week. 

Mary Johnson PhotoThe Board of Education, the policy makers for the district, were all smiles as they marched in. 

The district also honored its assistant superintendent, who is retiring after 39 years in education.

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Spring Sports Bring Honors For Hornets

by Bill O'Brien | Jun 16, 2015 10:30 am

Bill O'Brien PhotoThis past weekend the high school sports season came to a close.

Bill O'Brien PhotoAlthough a number of Branford teams made it to the post season in either the Southern Connecticut Conference or state playoffs there were no titles.

However, the effort on the part of a number of athletes resulted in their being selected as “All Conference” by the league’s coaches.

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