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Dec 112012
 

Tri Town students had six unscheduled days off as a result of Superstorm Sandy and the October snowstorm.

Making up the missed days was on the agenda at the Dec. 10 Amity Board of Education meeting, during which they had to decide whether the students in Bethany, Orange and Woodbridge would lose any time from their April vacation next year.

The Amity School District can make up one more snow day in June before administrators will have to start cutting from April vacation.

The Amity BOE voted to adopt a new schedule to make up the current missed school days. During the board discussion it was mentioned that students will go to school on March 22, which is on the school calendar as a teachers’ professional development day, and students will have to go to school longer in the month of June.

If there are no more snow days, the last day of school will be Thursday, June 20. but if  there are more school closures, Friday, June 21 will be added  as the last day — before the board starts cutting from April vacation beginning with the Friday of that vacation week.

 

Aug 212012
 

The August 20 meeting of the Amity Board of Education was well attended by members of the Board, but few members of the public were in attendance. Next month the agenda includes a discussion of changing the policy on drug-sniffing dogs, and that will probably bring out the local TV crews so come early to get a seat.

The Board heard a presentation on Connecticut’s new Accountability and Teacher Evaluation plan. Connecticut received a No Child Left Behind Waiver that was approved May 29 by the US Department of Education. Connecticut’s Education Reform, contained in Public Act 12-116, has replaced the NCLB guidelines. This act links teacher and administrator evaluations to student performance. For the next two years, we will use the Connecticut Mastery Test and CAPT results to establish a baseline for school performance. In 2013-2014, we will transition to new state tests of student performance. Under the law, 22.5 percent of a teacher’s performance will be based how well the students do on the State exams while 40 percent of a teacher’s rating will be based on formal and informal observations.

Amity continues to score in the upper third of comparable districts in math, reading, writing and science. The results indicate that girls are consistently scoring slightly higher than the boys. We do especially well in Reading scores.

Superintendent Brady reported that the major roof renovation is almost complete. The school heating system has been successfully converted to natural gas, saving over $120,000 per year in fuel costs. Various other projects have been completed on time and the school is ready to open.

Financially, we are approximately $60,000 under budget for the year that started July 1. . . good news in these tight fiscal times. The Board heard a report on Bond refinancing that saves over $200,000 in interest during the life of the bond. We unanimously approved a policy on fund balances that had been the source of some controversy last year. The board went into executive session to discuss personal matters and upon returning to public session, approved a new contract with the Custodial Bargaining Unit.

This was a relatively tame meeting without controversy. Tune in next month for a more action packed agenda.

Submitted by: Jamie Stirling, Bethany Board Member

From the Bethany Bulletin, with the cooperation of my colleague Kathleen Schurman

Jun 102012
 

Joseph Abbatiello, 75 of Orange

Joseph Abbatiello, 75, of Orange, beloved husband of Diane Castracane Abbatiello died peacefully June 6, 2012 at Yale New Haven Hospital surrounded by his loving family.

He is the brother of Richard (Theresa Cappetta) Abbatiello and the late Donald Abbatiello. He is also survived by his brothers and sisters-in-law, nieces and nephews. Joe was born in New Haven May 16, 1937 to the late Joseph and Virginia Perrotti Abbatiello.

He was a graduate of Wilbur Cross High School where he was an All-State football player and Captain of the football team. He went on to play football at Northwestern University under legendary coach Ara Parseghian and was selected to the All Big-10 team as a guard two years in a row.

After graduating Northwestern, Joe entered the US Navy where he was an ensign and served aboard a destroyer that was positioned off the coast of Cuba during the Pay of Pigs Invasion in April, 1961. After being honorably discharged, Joe began his professional career when he joined his father and brothers in business at Aura Industries and Top Stone Cigar Co. He would go on to become President of both companies. After many years in business, the companies were sold and Joe stayed on as President of Aura Industries heading operations in Hong Kong and Ireland.

Throughout his life, Joe was very devoted to his faith and his community. He served on the Board of Education for the Amity School system for eight years, was President of the Board of Directors of Boys and Girls Village in Milford and also served on the Board of Faith Christian Church and the Board of Hosana Ministries Recovery Program in Bridgeport.

Joe was very proud of the work he did as a member of the Board of Teen Challenge Recovery Program in New Haven. As an area coordinator for Sports World Ministries, Joe was instrumental in bringing many professional athletes to New Haven to speak to area high school students about faith, ethics and the many opportunities and challenges that life offered.

Joe was Vice-President of Scungilli International and a member of Racebrook Country Club. He was the recipient of several awards, among them being his induction into the New Haven Gridiron Club, induction into the Wilbur Cross High School Sports Hall of Fame and receiving the Gold Ring Award from the Boys and Girls Club.

Relatives and friends are invited to attend a Memorial Service on Saturday June 16, 2012 at 10am at Gateway Christian Fellowship Church, 129 Bull Hill Lane, West Haven, CT.

There will be no visiting hours. Memorial contributions may be made to the Joseph Abbatiello Memorial Fund c/o Levitsky & Berney, PC 100 Bradley Rd. Woodbridge, CT 06525. All contributions will be divided equally to fund programs for Teen Challenge and Nigeria-IJAW Mission.

The IOVANNE FUNERAL HOME, INC. 11 Wooster Pl. is in care of arrangements.