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Pay-To-Participate Debated Tonight

Five Things To Know For Thursday, March 24, 2011

     1.    Snow is expected to continue this morning and turn to rain this afternoon, according to the National Weather Service. The rain should continue until midnight, the service said.   

     2.    There has been some confusion about the expected tax rate increase in the budget, with an inaccurate 6 percent figure being floated around. The board of finance received a budget with a 4.57 percent tax increase, and so far the board has not cut enough to change that percentage. That would increase the tax rate from 18.04 mills to 18.64 mills, Finance Director Rudie Beers said. To put it in perspective, the average homeowner with the average assessed home value in Waterford ($188,000, or 70 percent of the actual value of $268,000) would pay an additional $154 in taxes, according to Beers.

    3.    The board of education meets at 7 at town hall and will have to officially announce which teachers and other staff it is laying off as part of its . The board will also decide whether to install a pay-to-participate program in an effort to keep all sports and activities intact. And third, several parents are upset about the plan to hold high school graduation at Palmer Auditorium at Connecticut College, which has limited seating and allows graduates to bring only four people. Some parents were considering attending the meeting to encourage the board to hold the graduation outside.

    4.    All schools will close early as teachers have a professional development day. Before, teachers would have had additional days of work for professional development, but they gave those up this year after agreeing to two furlough days.

    5.    On this date in 1989, the Exxon Valdez oil tanker struck a reef and spilled at least 11 million gallons of oil into Prince William Sound in Alaska. Later it was found out that the captain and first mate were both recovering from a hangover, leaving the third mate to steer the boat.

Quote of the Day

“Politics is the gentle art of getting votes from the poor and campaign funds from the rich, by promising to protect each from the other.”

-Oscar Ameringer

Trivia of the Day

What is the longest-running television show?

Yesterday’s Answer: Robert DeNiro has died on screen more than any other American actor in major motion pictures, dying 15 times.

Maggie L. March 24, 2011 at 03:54 PM
The longest running television show is 'Meet the Press'
Cheryl L March 24, 2011 at 05:10 PM
One would have hoped the teachers would have come back with a plan to save 10 of their own. To the best of my recollection, the Waterford BOE has never "debated" the issue of pay to participate. Individuals have brought up the topic and members have refused to discuss it in any meaningful way. I hope it actually gets discussed this time. Many families have children who do not particpate in school sports and "pay to participate" in non-school sponsored sports/activities. Welcome to my world people.
Paul Petrone (Editor) March 24, 2011 at 05:18 PM
You got it.

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