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BOE Forum Touches on Personalized Learning/Screen time, Achievement Gap, Superintendent Retention

There are three Democratic candidates for two seats – Gaetane Francis (incumbent), Christina Downey and Karen Hirsh.

The other candidates – Republicans Joe Kelly and Karen Kowalski are assured spots on the board. 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 to Superintendent: Slice “Opportunity Block” to Half Hour

Without a full 45 minute opportunity block, it will not be possible to offer students a full credit course at the end of the school day. The BOE advised the administration to devise a structured 30 minutes for students who are not excused for sports or school sanctioned activity so that they don’t just leave school early. Continue Reading →

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PHOTOS: Greenwich Public Schools Convocation is a Warm Welcome Back

There were lots of hugs and high-fives as teachers got together for convocation at Greenwich High School on Monday, Aug 28. There were several speakers, including Dr. Jill Gildea, Thomas Murray, Bridget Suvansri, Greg Goldstein and GEA president Carol Sutton. Continue Reading →

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Superintendent’s School Start Time Recs: I Will Not Be Here. Someone Else Will Have to Do It… I Have Hope

On Thursday Dr. McKersie’s school start time recommendations were mulled over by the Board of Education in their session at North Street School. “On June 14, as a board you have to decide: Are we going to move forward or not? Are you committed to this? Are you willing to move ahead?” McKersie said. “I have hope,” he said adding that Greenwich Schools had succeeded with another bold, expensive move: digital learning. Continue Reading →

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