Barbara O’Neill

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BOE Extends Schools Chief Contract 2 Years Despite Reluctance of Two Members

After some angry voices during the public hearing, Dr. Toni Jones was given glowing reviews from six board members. Two board members said they’d prefer a one year contract extension instead of two, in order not to “tie the hands” of new members of the board in the fall. Continue Reading →

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An Open Letter to the Members of the Board of Estimate and Taxation

“We are as concerned as everyone about the economic impact of the pandemic. However, current indicators suggest our Town’s finances have held steadfast. Property transactions — and conveyance tax revenues — have increased. Divide the $900,000 difference between the BET and BOE budgets by the 16,000 families living in Greenwich and one gets $56.25.” – group letter Continue Reading →

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On Busing Question, Eagle Hill Students Are Happy For Now

BOE member Meghan Olsson was the first to push back on the administration’s recommendation to deny busing to Greenwich students who attend Eagle Hill School. She said Eagle Hill parents just learned in June their children would be losing their bus service in September because more than 50% of them live outside Connecticut. Continue Reading →

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BOE Approves Gildea’s Start/End Time Creative Solution for GHS: The “Opportunity Block”

Dr. Gildea proposed a creative solution to the “pain points” in this year’s new GHS start/end times. The idea of a non-rotating “opportunity block” at the end of the day would allow athletes to leave for games without missing a core academic subject. Most of the board members reacted very favorably. Continue Reading →

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Greenwich Board of Education Green Lights GHS Lights Litigation

Board of Education special meeting, Nov 14, 2017

A public hearing at CMS on Tuesday night featured about 15 speakers, mostly in favor of litigation, followed by discussion among the BOE members on the pros and cons of launching litigation versus waiting to have more conversations with GHS neighbors. Continue Reading →

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Parents, Students Line up to Share Feedback with BOE on New School Start Time

Greenwich Board of Education. Sept 14, 2017 Photo: Leslie Yager

Complaints after 8 full days of the new school start times ranged from buses being late to impacts on scheduling sports practices and games. Many thanked the BOE for the change and said students are getting to school alert and that the benefits last throughout the day. Continue Reading →

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