Now that the Martin administration has gotten the necessary approvals to apply for a state funding grant for an interdistrict magnet PreK-5 school, it will be up to lawmakers to ultimately decide if they'll lift a state moratorium or allow the application to be processed as an expansion of an existing school. Legislative members of Stamford's own state delegation say they haven't yet taken a position.
The Stamford Board of Representatives voted unanimously Wednesday night among the 27 members in attendance to appropriate and authorize bonding of up to $10M to purchase the Sacred Heart Academy, but lost three votes when it came to an up to $55M bond authorization request. That request still passed with a majority and Mayor David Martin assured the body's fiscal committee before the vote that the move only assists them in applying for a state grant and does not automatically mean the city will sell the bonds.
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.