Stamford boards of finance and education made necessary approvals Tuesday night to allow the city to meet a grant application to the state by a June 30, 2014 deadline. The final vote by the Board of Representatives is Wednesday night, but essentially the same body already approved the measure last week indicating its support.
A rendering of the new Sandy Hook Elementary school created by the architectural firm, Svigals Partners. The firm says there will be three classroom wings, two of which are 2-stories, that extend like fingers of an open hand on the site. Separating each one are three courtyards. Overlooking the central courtyard from the second floor are two breakout spaces - imagined as tree houses to create an alternate learning environment for students.
Architects of the new Sandy Hook Elementary School in Newtown, Connecticut have officially unveiled their plans for the school. The old Sandy Hook School was torn down following the December 2012 shooting there.
Three of the four Suffolk County school districts that attempted to pierce the state tax cap last night failed. A 2011 law requires that schools in New York must get a supermajority of voters to approve a budget that hikes property taxes by more than 2%.
Only East Hampton was able to do that. Bridgehampton and West Babylon failed to get the required two-thirds of voters. And Sayville failed to get a simple majority.
The districts that failed must resubmit their budget and if they fail again, last year's budget will be enacted.
Long Island schools put their budgets up for vote Tuesday. Most school districts hope to increase their tax levies at or just below the 2% cap on property tax increases that New York Governor Andrew Cuomo signed into law in 2011.
Four Suffolk schools are attempting to exceed that cap: West Babylon, Sayville, East Hampton, and Bridgehampton. Officials say the districts received less state school aid than they were hoping and so piercing the cap is necessary.
A former Quinnipiac University student is facing charges after police say she phoned in bomb threats before the university’s graduation ceremony Sunday. Police say she didn't want her family to find out she wasn't graduating.