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SWOMLEY: Feelings about Greenwich Schools budget cuts are heartfelt and legitimate.

“Many of our elected representatives on the BET and RTM are opposed to government regulation (environmental and otherwise) on what they consider a matter of principle. They simply don’t like the idea of government spending and Covid-19 is just the latest excuse.” – Joanna Swomley Continue Reading →

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Janet Stone McGuigan: I cannot put my name to the budget that is being put before the RTM

“The budget process that began prior to the pandemic was a public affair that was noticed well in advance of meetings, with documents explaining what would be discussed and decided upon. The final decision day was not.” – Janet Stone McGuigan Continue Reading →

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Special BET Meeting to Reconsider FY ’21 Budget Amounts to Lengthy Argument over Robert’s Rules, Adjournment

The BET held a special meeting via Zoom on Tuesday afternoon with just one item on the agenda: to reconsider FY 21 approved budget before it gets sent on to the RTM for approval. The special meeting was scheduled at the request of Democrats on the BET after an outcry from public school parents over cuts to the education budget. The Republican controlled BET had voted last week during a contentious meeting to cut $3 million from the education budget leaving it at current academic year spending levels. The Democrats had proposed instead a $700,000 cut. Despite the meeting lasting only about 40 minutes, and almost 400 people listening on mute, most of the session was taken up by arguments over motions, Robert’s Rules of Order, and consulting the new Town Attorney Vin Marino. Continue Reading →

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LETTER: Neighboring Towns Already Spend More Per Pupil than Greewich

“The lack of funding for the Greenwich school system compared to our neighbors is in itself alarming, but it also translates (arguably) to lagging school rankings. Per Niche’s 2020 Best School District Rankings in Connecticut, Westport is ranked #1, New Canaan is ranked #2, Darien is ranked #5, Fairfield is ranked #9 and Greenwich is ranked #12. See a correlation here? Definitely.” – Ed Lerum Continue Reading →

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BOE Talk about Budget Process Turning Partisan

“What we need to do is instruct and guide the Superintendent who is still new and doesn’t really understand the context of Greenwich. Sean (Sean O’Keefe, COO) is even newer and doesn’t understand the context of Greenwich…We need to guide our new employees who may not understand the dynamic in Greenwich and what is accepted.” – Peter Sherr Continue Reading →

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