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(Update) Morgan Barth, the school leader at Achievement First Amistad High School, has decided to step down immediately.
His resignation comes hours after the Independent posted a story and a video of him shoving a student and days after a former employee criticized the working environment he fostered at Amistad in a viral video. The incidents touched off a broader community discussion about discipline practices at the nationally acclaimed Dixwell Avenue charter school.
Hands pressed together just below his chest, a starched white collar buttoned snug around his neck, the minister offered a prayer for a police department in great peril.
But prayer alone won’t save this ailing body, he cautioned the rapt congregation. That miracle can only be pulled off by better pay, competitive medical benefits, a stable union contract, and a community committed to working with its sworn officers.
Surrounded by his wife and two young daughters, Justin Elicker filed papers Wednesday to challenge incumbent Toni Harp for mayor — and opened with a focus on cleaning up lead paint in children’s homes and money fueling election campaigns.
by Paul Bass & Thomas Breen | Jan 15, 2019 5:33 pm | Comments (24)
The Board of Education gave its chief operating officer a six-figure going-away present, in return for a promise not to file suit against it or make disparaging public statements about public officials.
He will be allowed to talk to, say, the feds if they come asking questions.
A building code inspector notices a leaky roof, or a contractor working without a permit. Instead of reaching for a pen and a pad of paper, she uses a tablet with a camera and internet access to document the issue.
Those electronic notes are then plotted on a map, where both building department colleagues and officials citywide can track and address the needs of city residents as they crop up in real time.
City officials laid out that utopia of tech-assisted municipal services as they convinced alders of the merits of two new Information Technology (IT) contracts.
by Christopher Peak & Paul Bass | Jan 14, 2019 8:35 pm | Comments (17)
Darnell Goldson went from being the subject of a vague investigation Monday to receiving a public apology from the schools superintendent — and then being reelected president of the Board of Education.
The land is vacant, the sellers are willing and the park ranger is eager to blaze some new trails for hikers. Now all the town of Hamden has to do is figure out how to match a $432,250 state grant recently awarded to obtain adjacent property and expand Brooksvale Park.
The 90-day clock has begun to tick for the demolition of 71 Shelton Ave., a long-vacant 1915 building in the Winchester Repeating Arms Historic District in Newhallville.
That’s because contamination from its life in the early 1960s as a site for the fabrication of nuclear fuel components is too serious for any option other than a take-down and removal including the concrete slab foundation and at least two feet of soil underneath.
The gleaming silver lining for the loss of this historic structure is that as “mitigation” or compensation, the Goffe Street Armory — nearby and with a related historical context but technically not within the historic district — can be researched and then nominated for a place on the National Historic Register.
With that designation, the city-owned armory becomes eligible for a host of preservation grants and tax credit programs that down the road may contribute significantly to preserving it and giving it a new, repurposed life.