School starts on Wednesday this week, and the focus of the town has been on , and enjoying the last few moments of summer. Patch this week was no different, with a back-to-school feel dominating the week.
The most talked about story this week was the trend of parents taking their to put them into Waterford’s public schools for kindergarten. There are two main reasons for this: economics, as The Friendship School has a half-day on Wednesday so parents pay more for daycare; and because if a child has a an older sibling already in a Waterford school, the parents want to keep them together, Superintendent Jerome Belair said.
That exodus affects everybody in Waterford, as for the second year the school district had to to accommodate this influx of students into kindergarten. The district also hired another fifth-grade teacher at Oswegatchie Elementary School after class sizes ballooned to 26.
Sticking with the schools, the School Building Committee furniture and equipment for the new Waterford High School. And on Monday, the Board of Education that did what no union contract has done for some time in Waterford, actually save the town money.
But it wasn’t just school stuff. One of the most popular stories of the week was done by a Connecticut Light & Power contractor. And the other very popular story this week was a sneak peek at , which has sat vacant for 15 years.
In other news, Waterford’s police chief gave a presentation to the town’s seniors during a storm or long-term power outage, a Waterford , it was , and . Also, perhaps most importantly of all, a Waterford company released