Closing a school discussion

***The Board of Education voted to keep all the schools open.  For now.  There was a caveat in the motion that leaves the idea open for exploration.***


We will try to keep this updated with information, our opinions and thoughts on the idea being touted by the RTC controlled Boards in town on the ideas that closing a school will somehow save money.  It won’t.  It will cost money.  It is short sighted and detrimental to our children and to the town.  Here is some info to consider:

School Closing Facts

Gaston Response

We also don’t understand the rush and hurry to get this done and close a school that quickly.  Anytime someone creates a deadline that doesn’t make sense, you have to wonder what the real reason is and what the motivation is.  Closing a school without really understanding the full ramifications of having an empty building sitting in the middle of town, the impact it could have on our children, home values, etc is simply foolish.

Letters in the Bee:


Republicans really don’t like minority representation, do they?

So there has been a great deal of discussion on the issue of the majority seats on the Board of Education.  During the 2008 Charter Revision, the question, written into the Charter by the Republican chairman was misleading at best.  It did not define the term bare majority and it did not include any thoughts that the Republican Town Attorney had about the confusion of this issue.  The Republican Town Attorney came away at the last election with an interpretation of the text that only a lawyer could love.  While the general public understands that at the end of an election, you have a complete Board of Education.  His idea was that since there was a two year seat and then four year seats on the ballot, the idea of bare majority applied only to each ballot question.  That allowed his party to have a nice block of 5 seats on the BoE and ensure that only Republican voices are heard on that board.

Needless to say, we disagree.

Now, the new Charter Revision Commission wants to put that error into place permanently.  Under the guise of giving the voters what they want by allowing them to place 5 Republicans in charge of the Board of Education, they are basically committing a takeover of what should be an apolitical Board.

One of the unaffiliated members of this Charter Revision Commission is a retired Superintendent of Schools.  He stated that Boards of Education should not have any one party have that much authority and power.  He was promptly ignored by the 5 Republicans on the CRC.

When the Legislative Council set this CRC up, one has to wonder if this was the end goal.  Sitting several members of the RTC on this Commission ensures that RTC ideas are being put forward and RTC ideas are being approved.  Last we looked, the Charter was intended to govern the whole town, not turn over the keys to one party.

Anna Wiedemann to be honored at JJB on 5/15/14

Anna Wiedemann to be Honored at JJB Dinner 5/15/14

As the date (5/15) for our 4th Jefferson Jackson Bailey dinner approaches,  we are looking forward to honoring Anna Wiedemann.  Everyone is invited, this is a bipartisan event.

Wiedemann To Be Honored By DTC
Originally posted by The Newtown Bee on Thursday April 24, 2014.

This dinner honors her service and devotion to the Newtown community. Anna has contributed her time and talents to our community for more than 25 years. We are proud to honor her this year and look forward to her volunteer works in the future.

Please come to the Alexandria Room at Edmond Town Hall in Newtown on May 15, 2014 to honor Anna Wiedemann.
Tickets are still available.

To make a reservation or post a message of thanks in the program book contact Jim Juliano at 203.426.0065 or email