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Goldrick: BET Republicans ignored the values of the community

“Contrary to Drake’s insinuation that Greenwich spends a great deal on education, that 46% figure actually ranks far below virtually every other suburban municipality in the state. Indeed, most comparable suburban Connecticut towns allocate a vastly higher percentage of their total budgets, between 60%-75%, to fund their school systems. A key reason that our school system’s budget comprises such a small proportion of the budget is that Greenwich enrolls the smallest percentage of its school-aged children in its public school system of any municipality in Connecticut.” – Sean Goldrick 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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First Selectman’s Proposed 20-21 Budget: What’s Cut? What’s Funded?

Cuts include police directing traffic on Greenwich Avenue. New would be “Pay As You Throw” at the dump. Residents would not have to pay to to recycle, but would be required to purchase special bags for their trash at local retailers. Continue Reading →

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LEAGUE OF WOMEN VOTERS: Why there is no debate for Greenwich BET

“Voters do determine which majority party will control BET decision making. Of the 12 candidates on the ballot, voters may choose any 6. The party receiving the most total votes becomes the majority party, which then elects the Chairman, Vice Chairman, and often, the Secretary. The Chairman receives a second, tie-breaking vote in most decisions.” – Sandy Waters, President, Greenwich League of Women Voters Continue Reading →

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Letter: Greenwich’s 1953 Schools Are the Result of Town’s Debt Policy

“If Republicans again block any update to the town’s ‘debt policy’ at the BET’s ‘decision meeting’ later this month, they could pay a heavy price in November, and November isn’t far away. Tick-tock.” – Mike Warner, Past Chair of the RTM Finance Committee Continue Reading →

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Letter: A Call to Leadership. Say “No” to Artificial Turf!

A Message to the Board of Education, Board of Selectman, Board of Estimate and Taxation, Planning and Zoning Commission, RTM.
“Leadership requires making bold decisions because you value and seek to protect the welfare of the community’s citizens rather than lauding the number of playable hours on a field.” – Susan Rudolph, Greenwich Continue Reading →

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Republican BET Members Share Budget Discussions and Priorities

Bill Drake, Debra Hess, Karen Fassuliotis

The six members of the Board of Estimate and Taxation ask the Board of Education define programs with well-defined measurable goals and discontinue or change those programs with minimal student benefit. “It is time for the BOE to re-examine headcount growth and the rising costs of schools.” – Michael Mason (Caucus Chair), Leslie Tarkington, Bill Drake, Andy Duus, Karen Fassuliotis, Debra Hess Continue Reading →

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