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A Red Tailed Hawk spotted at the Lillian Wadsworth Arboretum in Westport. Photographer Mark Molesworth said he thought it might be injured, noting blood towards his stomach, between the feathers. He was notifying officials at Earthplace. (CLICK TO ENLARGE) Mark Molesworth for WestportNow.com

BOE Will Ask for Portables But Could Still Reverse on K-6

By Jarret Liotta

Because of the closure of mold-plagued Coleytown Middle School (CMS), the Board of Education (BOE) is asking the town to expedite an appropriation of up to $4 million for portable classrooms at other schools. But it still could reverse its decision to have Westport elementary schools go to K-6 next year.

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Parents line up to address the Board of Education Monday night and early today. (CLICK TO ENLARGE) Jarret Liotta for WestportNow.com

In a 6-to-1 vote, which came at 12:30 a.m. today, the BOE approved a request for an appropriation that would fund 14 portable classrooms at the five elementary schools, or could instead go toward funding portables as Bedford Middle School (BMS), should it decide next week to change its K-6 decision.

As one member put it, the request will serve as “a placeholder” until its meeting next Monday, at which time there will likely be discussion — and possibly a new vote — on changing the facilities plan for next year to include a townwide middle school at BMS instead of K-6 at the elementary schools.

“I truly do believe over the last couple of weeks we have a lot of new information … that we didn’t have in December,” Andrea Moore, a Board of Finance (BOF) member, told the BOE during public comment.

Tuesday, January 29, 2019


10 a.m. – 5 p.m. – Westport Arts Center – “Fractured: Photographs by Spencer Platt”
11 a.m. – 6 p.m. – Westport Historical Society – “Liberty to Set Down: Migrants & Immigrants in Westport”
2 p.m. – Westport Senior Center – British High Tea
7 p.m. – Town Hall Room 201 – RTM Public Works & Finance Committees
7 p.m. – Westport Library – Sewing Intensive Workshops: Ages 10 & Up
7:30 p.m. – Town Hall Auditorium – Zoning Board of Appeals (live on cable channel 79, Frontier channel 6020, & westportct.gov)

See more events:  Celebrate Westport Calendar

Proposals to Force Regionalized School Districts Spark Debate, Distress

By Kathleen Megan

www.ctmirror.org

Two proposals that would force school district regionalization have ignited a storm of protest in some communities, as well as debate at the State Capitol.

At a packed Education Committee meeting today, Rep. Gail Lavielle, R-Wilton, said the “distress” she has heard from constituents about possible forced regionalization “has been so great, I’ve never quite seen anything like it.”

“They don’t feel that someone far away should be telling them what to do with their children, or how to shape the institutions in their town,” Lavielle said. “They really feel the school is the soul of their community.”

Rep. Michelle Cook, D-Torrington, countered, saying that if “regionalism is what we have to do to make education in the state of Connecticut work, then we need to figure out how to make that work.

Superintendent: KHS Principal, Staffers in Unexplained Absences

UPDATE The principal of Kings Highway Elementary School (KHS) and several staff members will be absent for the next few days because of unspecified “allegations,” Westport Schools Superintendent Colleen Palmer told parents today in emails.

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KHS Principal Mary Lou DiBella: unexplained absence. Westport Schools photo

In a second of two afternoon emails on the subject, Palmer said she could not disclose the nature of the allegations but that those involved had been “placed on paid administrative leave, without prejudice” while the district reviewed the allegations “regarding recent events.”

She said the district was obligated “to follow prescribed protocols when we receive such information, even before we have reviewed such allegations.”

The development came as school officials scrambled to come up with a short and long-range plan to accommodate Coleytown Middle School students following the mold-caused closure of their school.

Granger at the Movies: ‘Glass,’ ‘The Favourite,’ ‘Vice’

By Susan Granger

Special to WestportNow

If you haven’t seen M. Night Shyamalan’s two previous films — “Unbreakable” (2000) and “Split” (2017) — you may be a little lost in “Glass,” because this conclusion to his trilogy brings together the main characters from both films.

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Ultra-strong David Dunn (Bruce Willis) believes he’s a superhero, utilizing his abilities as a crime-fighting vigilante, assisted by his loyal son Joseph (Spencer Treat Clark) with whom he runs a security company.

His arch-nemesis is brittle-boned Elijah Price (Samuel L. Jackson), who calls himself “Mr. Glass” and uses his maniacally sinister intuition to manipulate the people around him.

Price’s current victim is troubled Kevin Wendell Crumb (James McAvoy), who suffers from dissociative identity disorder, meaning that he has at least two dozen different personalities. The one who intrigues Price is “The Beast,” a serial killer.