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Bakery Breaks Down Equipment after Bolt Found in School Muffin

The vendor that made the Westport middle school chocolate chip muffin in which a one-inch steel bolt was discovered is breaking down its mixing equipment to determine which machine it came from, Schools Superintendent Colleen Palmer said.

“They will report their findings to us,” Palmer said about the vendor, which she did not identify, in an email sent to parents Monday.

Meanwhile, she said, “Until this issue is fully resolved, all muffins will be sourced from another bakery.”

The bolt was discovered by a Coleytown Middle School (CMS) seventh grader who had purchased the muffin the CMS cafeteria, Palmer said.

Arts Awards Recipients

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Staples High School students Olivia Porretta (l) and Samantha Atlas were two of approximately 300 top Connecticut seniors who excel in the arts who were honored recently at the Connecticut Association of Schools (CAS) High School Outstanding Arts Awards Banquet in Southington. The event annually recognizes two seniors in each member high school for their outstanding ability in the performing or visual arts. Selected by Staples staff to receive this honor, Atlas was recognized for music and Porretta for art. (CLICK TO ENLARGE) Contributed photo

Special Reader at Saugatuck El

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Saugatuck Elementary School today hosted actor James Naughton to its Library/ Media Center as a guest reader. He recited the final chapter of E.B. White’s “The Trumpet of the Swan,” and closed out the school’s “One Book, Two Schools” program, an annual PTA-sponsored event, which puts a copy of the book in the hands of every school family, teacher and staff member. Naughton’s grandson attends the school. The school will now donate the books to the Victoria Soto School in Stratford. (CLICK TO ENLARGE) Contributed photo

School Boards Cuts $689,912 from its Proposed Budget

Westport’s Board of Education tonight voted unanimously to cut $689,912 from its proposed 2018-19 operating budget that now stands at $118,222,800, a 3.36 percent increase over the current year.

The reductions were proposed by Schools Superintendent Colleen Palmer and presented by Elio Longo, school business administrator.

According to Longo, most of the savings come from a $400,000 reduction in equipment, supplies and facilities projects, all of them to be fast tracked via a current year surplus.

The new budget also includes $245,000 in transportation account savings achieved by a five-year, renegotiated contract with the bus company Dattco.

Young Inventors Advance to State Finals

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Four fourth graders from Westport’s Workshop (gifted) Program have advanced to the state finals of the National Invention Convention competition. They moved up following the weekend’s Eastern Connecticut Regionals in East Hartford. The state competition will take place Saturday, April 28 at UConn in Storrs. The winners will advance to the national competition at The Henry Ford Museum in Dearborn, Michigan in June. Pictured (l-r) are Olivia Cohn and Isabel Jo of Coleytown Elementary, Chloe Gordon of Long Lots Elementary, and Penelope Eisenberg of Greens Farms Elementary.Their teachers are Cari Pfeiffer of Greens Farms, Jen Ackerman of Long Lots, and Eileen Carroll of Coleytown. (CLICK TO ENLARGE) Contributed photo

Staples Names High Honors Students

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Staples High School has announced that 18 students have been honored with the distinction of graduating with high honors from the Staples High School class of 2018.  A student will be designated with “high honors” if his/her academic grade point average falls in the top 4 percent of the graduating class. Pictured: (back row, l-r)  Jacob Didner, Marshall Heiser, Neal Soni, Nicholas Attkiss, and Max Popken; (2nd from the back row): Juliana Beal, Lauren Thomson, Jackson Delgado, Gary Perelberg, and Carlie Darefsky; (3rd from back row): Katrherine Flug, Sudhanshu Mathur, Paige Anderson, and Seohyun Hong; (front row): Juliana Hopper, Jessica Xu, and Sarah Acselrod. Missing from picture is Isabelle Grosgoteat. (CLICK TO ENLARGE) Contributed photo

By 5 to 2, School Board Approves School Resource Officers

By James Lomuscio

After more than two hours of debate and public input for and against, Westport’s Board of Education tonight voted 5 to 2 to approve the concept of having an armed school resource officer (SRO) in its schools. Their number will be determined later.

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Westport Police Chief Foti Koskinas addresses the Board of Education tonight in support of adding school resource officers to Westport schools. (CLICK TO ENLARGE) Photo from Board of Education Television

Board member Vik Muktavaram and Mark Mathias were the dissenters. They said they were opposed to having guns in schools on an ongoing basis.

The proposal had been made by Schools Superintendent Colleen Palmer in the fall, well before the recent student threatening incident at Staples High School.

She said that the Westport school system was the only one in its district resource group (DIRG) not to have an SRO.