by Diana Stricker | Sep 10, 2015 12:02 pm
Michael 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.
by marcia chambers | Aug 17, 2015 10:15 am | Comments (1)
Jacey 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.
by Diana Stricker | Jul 9, 2015 1:48 pm
Town 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of Walsh Intermediate School will find a solution to the long-discussed need for renovations or replacement of the outdated school.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.
by Diana Stricker | Jun 26, 2015 9:07 am
Branford’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.
by Diana Stricker | Jun 23, 2015 9:16 am
Branford School District leaders and graduates talked about making dreams come true during commencement ceremonies on the Town Green last week.
The 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.
by Bill O'Brien | Jun 16, 2015 11:30 am
This past weekend the high school sports season came to a close.
Although 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.
by Bill O'Brien | May 30, 2015 10:40 am | Comments (1)
When the Branford Girls’ softball team wins, they win big.
Although the Hornets finished the season with a record of only 5-15 they had a number of high scoring victories.
by Bill O'Brien | May 27, 2015 11:30 am
Coach Rich Biondi was excited when his Branford boys’ track team defeated the North Haven Indians in their dual meet last week. North Haven had a 9-1 record going into the contest and the Hornets defeated them, 82-68.
“I was very happy with the win over North Haven,” Biondi said. “They are an outstanding team, one that is well- coached.”
by Bill O'Brien | May 23, 2015 9:55 am
The boys’ lacrosse team needed to win one more game this week to qualify for the state tournament. After back-to-back losses against Hand and Guilford the team’s chances of qualifying looked slim when they fell to 5-7.
This week, however, the team turned it around, winning three in a row by beating Lyman Hall 12-3, Jonathon Law 16-4 and, most recently, Wilbur Cross 17-3 Thursday night in New Haven.
by marcia chambers | May 19, 2015 12:35 pm
As last night’s Board of Finance (BOF) meeting was drawing to a close, board member Kurt Schwanfelder asked chair Joe Mooney what had happened to the Youth in Government Day this year. This was a program that paired high school students with the first selectman and town department heads, giving the students an opportunity to learn how town government works.
Typically the event takes place on the Monday the BOF sets the mill rate, an event that began in the high school and then moved to Town Hall some blocks away. Yesterday would have been the day.