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Middle schools ready for students during construction

August 20, 2013
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Middle schools ready for students during construction

By Lissa Capobianco Staff Writer The first phase of the middle school renovations has been completed, and now both DePaolo and Kennedy Middle Schools are ready to start on time. Past environmental tests found traces of asbestos and polychlorinated biphenyls (PCB) at both DePaolo and Kennedy Middle Schools. The remediation process was able to be…

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Schools prepare for full-day kindergarten

August 8, 2013
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By Lisa Capobianco Staff Writer With the new school year just around the corner, all eight elementary schools are ready to welcome new students to the first full-day kindergarten program. Assistant Superintendent Karen Smith said all school administrators and staff members are excited for the first year of the program to begin on August 29,…

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SEF awards more grants; Foundation gives $6,000 to six proposals

June 20, 2013
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by Ed Harris Editor South End Elementary School extended day kindergarten teacher Paula Gorham loves to tell stories, be it to her children or her students. This joy helped her craft the Interactive Storytelling Experience program that was recently awarded a $400 grant from the Southington Education Foundation (SEF). “I love storytelling,” Gorham said. “I…

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Elementary schools join in Project ACES

May 10, 2013
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Elementary schools join in Project ACES

By Rob Glidden Staff Writer Southington’s elementary schools collaborated with the Activate Southington group for the town’s first participation in a worldwide exercise program, including about 700 students at Derynoski Elementary School. Activate Southington, the community initiative pushing for healthier lifestyles in town, facilitated the involvement of the school district in Project ACES (All Children…

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Officials look at ABA program

March 9, 2013
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By Ed Harris Editor The Board of Education is once again looking at the possibility of bringing its Applied Behavior Analysis (ABA) program in-house, a proposal that has some parents worried that the program could face a decline. The program is currently run by the Capital Region Education Council (CREC). Several parents, all sharing stories…

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Town’s ECS funds go up; Coming budget still difficult

February 15, 2013
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By Rob Glidden Staff Writer As part of his budget proposal announcement last week, Governor Dannel Malloy announced additional Education Cost Sharing (ECS) funds for districts in the state. The news came as a relief to many school administrators, although the coming budget year is still expected to be difficult. In the midst of another…

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The SEF hands out another $12,000 in grants

January 25, 2013
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The SEF hands out another $12,000 in grants

BY Rob Glidden Staff Writer The Southington Education Foundation handed out another round of grants last week, with over $12,000 in funding meant to make six unique teaching ideas possible. The teachers behind the chosen proposals gathered at Derynoski Elementary School to accept their grants and publicly summarize their ideas. “Choosing these was a difficult…

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Middle school renovation headaches – PCB cleanup could cost between $6 to $14 million

November 7, 2012
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The Middle School Building Committee was hit with bad news on two fronts during a meeting Tuesday, as high cost estimates for PCB abatement and unexpected cost overruns on the rest of the project left them struggling to determine a way to stay within the $85 million allotted for the renovation of Kennedy andDePaoloMiddle Schools.…

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$121,000 to clean up oil spill; Officials still waiting for cost of remediation

November 2, 2012
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By Rob Glidden Staff Writer The remnants of an oil spill at DePaolo Middle School in 1980 are expected to add approximately $121,000 to the cost of renovating of Southington’s middle schools, but information about the impact of the recently discovered PCBs is not yet available. The estimate was given during the last meeting of…

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Town offices resume operations after storm does minimal damage to Southington

October 30, 2012
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Southington emerged from Hurricane Sandy mostly unscathed, in stark contrast to many towns on Connecticut’s shoreline. According to the “outage map” on Connecticut Light and Power’s website, only 0.3 percent of residents in Southington are out of power as of Tuesday afternoon. During the worst of the hurricane on Monday evening, that percentage stayed under…

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