July 21, 2019

Lyme-Old Lyme HS, MS Students Receive Prestigious CABE Leadership Awards

Lyme-Old Lyme High School (LOLHS) Principal James Wygonik congratulates Theodore Wayland and Maggie Wisner, who are both 11th grade students at LOLHS, on receiving CABE Student Leadership Awards. The presentation took place at the June 5 Board of Education meeting.

Maggie Wisner and Theodore Wayland, 11th grade students at Lyme-Old Lyme High School, and Izzadora Reynolds and Cooper Munson, 8th grade students at Lyme-Old Lyme Middle School, were recently recognized by the Connecticut Association of Boards of Education (CABE) with a Student Leadership Award.

Students are nominated to receive this award by their school principal. Students nominated exhibit the following leadership skills:

  • Willingness to take on challenges
  • Capability to make difficult decisions
  • Concern for others
  • Ability to work with others
  • Willingness to commit to a project
  • Diplomacy
  • Ability to understand issues clearly
  • Ability to honor a commitment

Superintendent Ian Neviaser and the Lyme-Old Lyme Board of Education recognized these students at the June 5 Board of Education meeting.

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Congratulations to the Class of 2019!

Graduates from the Class of 2019 celebrate receiving their Lyme-Old Lyme High School diplomas! All photos by Rosemary Comerford Reid.

Congratulations to the Class of 2019 on their graduation from Lyme-Old Lyme High School. The commencement ceremony was held outside yesterday evening under cloudy skies and included speeches from the Class President, Valedictorian, Salutatorian and Honor Essayist.  Chosen by the Class, English teacher Jennifer Burke was named the Mildred Sanford Outstanding Educator of 2019.

The Class of 2019 celebrates its graduation with the traditional hat toss.

 

These students patiently await their turn to go forward onto the stage and receive their High School Diploma.

 

Superintendent Ian Neviaser reaches out his hand to shake that of a just conferred graduate of Lyme-Old Lyme High School.

 

One happy Wildcat graduate!

 

And on a personal note, we are so proud of our outstanding intern Katie Reid (center), who graduated yesterday with the Class of 2019, and is now off to Bowdoin College.

For a more detailed report of the evening, read Mary Biekert’s article on TheDay.com at this link.

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New Principal Announced for Mile Creek School

Kelly Enoch is the new principal of Mile Creek Elementary School.

Lyme-Old Lyme Schools have announced the appointment of Kelly Enoch to the position of Principal of Mile Creek Elementary School. Enoch will replace Dr. Patricia Downes who is retiring after 30 years of service to the district as both a teacher and an administrator.

Enoch currently serves as the Director of Pupil Services for the Clinton Public Schools, a position she has held since 2014. She has also worked as a Supervisor of Special Services in Clinton and was a classroom teacher in kindergarten, first, second, third, and fourth grades at West Vine and West Broad Street Schools in Stonington, Connecticut. In addition, Enoch worked as a special education teacher and program manager for students with autism spectrum disorders. From 1993 to 1997, she served as a preschool special needs teacher. Enoch resides in Old Lyme with her husband and her son who is a student at Lyme-Old Lyme High School.

Lyme-Old Lyme Superintendent Ian Neviaser states, “After a long and extremely thorough process that began back in February, we are very excited to welcome Kelly Enoch as the new Principal of Mile Creek School. Kelly comes to us with a wealth of experience in a variety of areas. Her intelligence, work ethic, and genuine care for students impressed the search committee which consisted of stakeholders from our entire school community.”

Enoch will assume her new duties beginning July 1, 2019. 

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Lyme-Old Lyme High School, Middle School Announce Q3 Honor Rolls

Lyme-Old Lyme High School
2018-19 Quarter 3 Honor Roll   

High Honors

Grade 12: Kendall Michelle Antoniac, Kathryn Sean Atkinson, Madison Olivia Babcock, Jacqueline Patricia Barry, Casey Madison Blue, Mackenzie May Blue, Ann Marie Cote, Emma Carolyn Danes, Britney Jean DeRoehn, Corey Paxton Drummond, Grace Anne Edwards, Olin Burns Frederiks, Zachary Thomas Gidius, Grace Ann Gilbert, Emily Nicole Grenier, Kylie Erva Hall, Colin Emanuel Hallahan, Sarah Katherine Hayward, Haley Rose Heath, Kate Niamh Hickie, Liam Francis Holloway, Riley May Jacobson, Mya Lynn Johnson, Sophie Anne Elizabeth Kyle, Henry Alexander Lahm, John Thomas Manthous, Danielle Marie McCarthy, Brynn Elizabeth McGlinchey, Hannah Nichole Morrison, Leah Marie Neithamer, Emily Anne O’Brien, Jacob Thomas Olsen, Thomas William Pennie, Katherine Duyen Reid, Noah William Rumm, Kellie Marie Sablone, Caroline Anne Sagristano, Anna Ruth Sather, Robert Louis Sedlatschek, Justin Colby Shaw, Penelope Jeanne Small, Emily Xinping Tan, Caroline Anna Wallace, Colleen Elizabeth Walsh, Alexander Clay Williams

Grade 11: Emily Eileen Balocca, Emma Elizabeth Bass, Audrey Campbell Berry, Faith Laurel Caulkins, Rory Nelligan Cavicke, Isabel Priscilla Dean-Frazier, Arianna Teresa DelMastro, Maria Ashley Denya, Raymond Michael Doll, Nicholas Bernardo Fava, Jada Anaelsa Fuentes, Tanner James Griffin, Sophia Rose Griswold, Kamber Hani Hamou, Lauren Elizabeth Huck, Jeffy Mathew Joshy, Rachael Anne Larson, Brenna Paige Lewis, Connor Patrick Maguire, Jacqueline Rose Malizia, Thomas Peter McCarthy, Ryan Patrick McTigue, Samantha Heather Olson, Jenna Tracy Porter, Andre Jeffrey Salkin, Garrett Michael Smith, Emily Marie Speckhals, Evan Thomas St.Louis, Olivia Mae Stack, Olivia Lucy Tetreault, Kiera McKeon Ulmer, Megan Lynn VanSteenbergen, Theodore Wilson Wayland, Trevor Dennis Wells, Anna Elliott Williams, Maggie Vaughan Wisner, Conner David Wyman, Katherine Ruby Zelmanow

Grade 10: Juliette Frances Atkinson, Rachel Katherine Barretta, Emma Ann Boardman, Keenan Lawrence Burr, Martinez Erika Yanira Carcamo, Kate Margaret Cheney, Emerson Mylon Colwell, John Berry Cox, Megan Dorothy Cravinho, Bianca Serapilia Dasilva, Emily Jane DeRoehn, Fiona Mary Frederiks, Schuyler Bates Greenho, Lillian Ellette Grethel, Emma Rose Griffith, Catharine Judith Harrison, Isabella Faith Hine, Grace Ann Lathrop, Owen Russell Macadam, Elle Addison McAraw, Emma Meekhoff, Marina May Melluzzo, Riley Elizabeth Nelson, Sophia Grace Ortoleva, Connie Wendy Pan, Lauren Adam Pitt, Jacob Leary Quaratella, Hayden Brooks-McCall Saunders, Tait Alexander Sawden, Jesper Fredrik Silberberg, Jake Talin Stewart, Lian Elise Thompson, Angus James Graeme Tresnan, Lauren Elizabeth Wallace, Kelly Marie Walsh, Ellery Hope Zrenda

Grade 9: Grace Avery Arnold, Nihad Bicic, Hannah Faith Britt, Evan Davis Clark, Anne Josephine Colangelo, John Glynn Conley, Lauren Elizabeth Creagan, Caroline Grace Crolius, Elias Orion D’Onofrio, Elizabeth Mackenzie Duddy, Eleanor Eliza Dushin, Samantha Brie Geshel, Aiden John Goiangos, Madison Grace Hubbard, Fiona Dorothy Hufford, Nevin Varkey Joshy, Kian Kardestuncer, Owen Talbot Kegley, Cora Catalina Kern, Michael Richard Klier, Felse Alexandra Catherine Mary Kyle, William Christopher Larson, Reese Jameson Maguire, Abigail Eve Manthous, Stephanie Marie Mauro, Grace Corbett McAdams, Evan David Morgan, Elle Jolie Myers, Bella Kai Orlando, Adeline Michelle Riccio, Katie Ann Roberts, Margaret Jeanne Rommel, Alexander Joseph Roth, Frank Louis Sablone, Olivia Fu Xin Schaedler, Calvin Nicklas Scheiber, Abigail Jane Sicuranza, Abby Katherine Speckhals, Drew Michael St.Louis, Nikolai Stephens-Zumbaum, Victoria Grace Stout, Madison Grace Thompson, Olivia Elizabeth Turtoro, Aidan Matthew Ward, Melanie Emma Warren, Ellie Donna Wells, Mary Katherine Wholean, Ryan Everett Zbierski

Honors

Grade 12: Teresa Elisabeth Rosie Allan, Catherine Marie Battalino, Lauren Ann Birk, Claire Constance Britton, Paige Catherine Britton, Jocelyn Miracle Campbell, Tyler Wilson Clark, John Joseph Coughlin, Lily Marilyn Cox, Thomas Martin Creagan, Marlena Julianne Elmoznino, Aoife Marie Hufford, Andrea Rose Kathe, Joshua William Liefeld, Nicholas Noah Myers, Jenny Yana Ritchie, Eaven Rivera, James Patrick Rollins, Quintin Robert Romeo, Nicholas Francis Roth, Olivia Leigh Rugg, Griffin Rex Standish, Carson Selden Swope, Ethan Gabriel Tracano

Grade 11: Anabella Nicola Arias, Martinez Lisbet Yosery Carcamo, Emilia Annmarie Cheesman, Sarah Belle Conley, Elizabeth Anne Cravinho, Ty Kenton Dean, Theodore Edward Enoch, Emily Grace Evers, Araselys Rose Farrell, Lucy Marie Gilbert, Parker Phillip Hubbard, Renate Jane Kuhn, Biuma Kazadi Mariame, Melissa Nicole Mauro, Natalie Grace Meyers, Ryan Christopher Mitchell, Maxwell Derek Morrissey, Chandler Mary Munson, Samantha Elizabeth Owen, Cajamarca Jenny Gabriela Pelaez, Jared Scott Ritchie, Jane Stacey Scheiber, Taylor Ann Sedlatschek, Colby Patrick Sides, Summer Abigail Siefken, Haley Ryan Stevens, Ryan Jules Tetreault, Lydia Grace Tinnerello, Sydney Kathleen Trowbridge, Jackson Calvert Warren, Clair Margaret Wholean

Grade 10: Colbe Kent Andrews, Kaylee Ann Armenia, Olivia Louise Bartlett, Maxwell Otto Bauchmann, Jason Richard Beebe, Ava Campbell Berry, Truman Arthur Boller, Kyuss Buono, Patrick Nuhad Dagher, Francette Mae Donato, Corah Serene Engdall, Leslie Dorothy Farrell, Sadie Caffry Frankel, Eveliz Adelaide Fuentes, Regan Joshua Kaye, Corey Aidan Klimaszewski, Paige Elizabeth Kolesnik, Destiny Marita Kus, Gabriel Ilunga Lavoie, Mackenzie Rose Machnik, Emma Kay McCulloch, Brianna Frances Melillo, Michael Joseph Milazzo, Timothy Shane O’Brien, Anwyn Mae Paynter, Gavin Lawrence Porter, Ezra Nathaniel Pyle, Tessa Leighann St.Germain, Katrina Marie Wallace, Alison Grace Ward

Grade 9: Nicholas Mark Adeletti, John Cochrane Almy, Andrew James Bennett, Ethan Jeremiah Carr, Ryan Joseph Clark, James William Creagan, Elise Marie DeBernardo, Mischa Jo Elmoznino, Nicholas Michael Fiore, Iona Dominique Fitzgerald, Victoria Noel Gage, Nicolette Cote Hallahan, Andrew Edward Hedberg, Julia Lee Johnston, Olivia Frances Lecza, Alex Almeida Lee, Mikayla Grace Masilotti, Jacob Douglas Meyers, Samuel Alias Mullaney, Brendan Patrick O’Brien, Michael St.John O’Donnell, Jacob Paul Ritchie, Aidan Lee Russell, McLean Ivana Signora, Matthew William Snyder, Maverick Anthony Swaney, John Russell Videll, Evan Joseph Visgilio, Aden River Wilson, Paige Alyssa Winchell, Avery Richard Wyman

Lyme-Old Lyme Middle School
2018-19 Q3 Honor Roll   

High Honors

Grade 8: Bridget Allan, William R Barry, Callie Grace Bass, Livie Abigail Bass, Jillian Hope Beebe, Jordan Faith Beebe, Gillian Anna Bradley, Ava Brinkerhoff, Jamie Lyn Bucior, Gretchen Wood Burgess, Sarah Frost Burnham, Hayley Marie Cann, Liam Foley Celic, Luke Harty Celic, Alexander John Chrysoulakis, Grace Victoria Colwell, William Christopher Danes, Anna Rebecca Davis, Kylie Praylyn Dishaw, Cole Raymond Dobratz, John Pierson Eichholz, Clarence Charles Hinckley, Willa Kate Hoerauf, Dylan Scott Hovey, Karissa Kanghan Huang, Owen Alexander Ingersoll-Bonsack, Aidan Shea Kerrigan, Phoebe Athena Lampos, Jonah Michael Lathrop, Monique Makwes Lavoie, Jacob Lopez-Bravo, Ford Harris Macadam, Marielle Grace Mather, Madalyn Josephine McCulloch, Caden Charles Monte, Cooper Kenneth Munson, Kelsey MacKinstry Pryor, Izzadora Georgia Reynolds, Benjamin Joseph Roth, Eli Winston Ryan, Alyssa Nicole Spooner, Tova Maeve Toriello, Kaitlyn Emily Ward, Harry William Whitten, George Henry Williams, Quinn Madison Williams

Grade 7: Peighton Andrews, Emma Catherine Bayor, Oliver Campbell Berry, Alis Bicic, Elliot Bjornberg, Henry Edison Boller, Henry Ronald Boremski, Drew Arthur Brackley, Natalie Faith Buckley, Jackson Charles Bullock, Sarah Jane Colangelo, Ava Cummins, Ella Curtiss-Reardon, Macklin David Cushman, Eric Jacques Dagher, Eva Rose D’Onofrio, Ryder James-Edward Goss, Sydney Grace Goulding, Nyla Susan Goulis, Alexis Lee Grasdock, Justin James Green, Katherine Lynette Gryk, Abby Janet Hale, Nathaniel Flynn Heon, Leland Gerber Hine, Sedona Holland, Agatha Fay Hunt, Beatrice Stelfox Hunt, Sabina June Jungkeit, Emmerson Norcia Kaye, Dakota Wills Kotzan, Luke Samuel Legein, Matthew William Mazzalupo, Anna Gerety McAdams, Griffin Sam McGlinchey, Matthew Braden Burns Miller, Katherine Elizabeth Mullaney, Delaney Grace Nelson, Isabelle McEntire O’Connor, Kayla Ann O’Leary, Grace Olivia Phaneuf, Jack David Porter, Luisa Lambert Raby, Haley Rae Shaw, Owen Thomas Snurkowski, Keara Megan Ward, Louisa Warlitz, Mason Scott Wells, Tyler Joseph Wells, Summer Paige Wollack

Grade 6: Emma Rose Arelt, Ella Aley Austin, Natalie Amelia Barndt, Micah Everett Bass, Molly Grace Boardman, Samuel David Bocian, Chase Miles Calderon, Tabitha Rose Colwell, Gloria Luz Conley, Chloe Irene Datum, Zoe Siena Eastman-Grossel, Caeli Anne Edmed, Anna Sophia Eichholz, Ella Evans, Grace Elisabeth Ferman, Hoshena Sora Gemme, Marcella Margaret Gencarella, Salvatore Anthony Gencarella, Ava Clare Gilbert, Henry Martin Griswold, Kyle Nathaniel Ingersoll-Bonsack, Shyla Chantelle Jones, Simon Maxwell Karpinski, Aven Irene Kellert, Olivia Grace Kelly, Ella Frances Kiem, Ada Marie LaConti, James Emmanuel Lahot, Elise Grace Leonardo, Andrew Liu, Colette Elena Marchant, Nathan James Morgan, Abigail Nancy O’Brien, Kanon Amy Oharu, Filip Jaromir Pecher-Kohout, Sophie Catriona Pennie, Mutia Quarshie, Drea Lyn Simler, Morgan Kelly Standish, Charlotte Rebekah Tinniswood, Leah Fay Volponi, Kathleen Noel Walsh, Ava Gray Wilcox, Ava Rose Wood-Muller

Honors

Grade 8: Olivia Grace Alpha, Elsie Beatrice Arafeh-Hudson, Whitney Tyler Barbour, Cooper Russell Bowman, Arber Hoxha, Madison Madonna Krol, Karleigh Paige Landers, Joseph Nicholas Montazella, Calvin Andrew Monte, Alain Jaromir Pecher-Kohout, Santiago Israel Rodriguez, Rhyleigh Berit Russell, Anders Erik Silberberg

Grade 7: Nicholas Paul Cheesman, Lucas Milo DaSilva, Amelia Lynn Gage, Brodie Cole Lippincott, Elaina Marie Morosky, Ronald Peter Olin, Ava Sophia Roth, Kylie-Jean Patricia Sevigny, Sydney Morgan Siefken, Madeleine Sydney Soriano, Gabriel Charles Tooker, Kalea VanPelt

Grade 6: Christopher Patrick Anderson, Oliver Pierre Avelange, Austin Ruben Buckingham, Mark Kasper Burnham, Autumn Reign Dionne, Shane Hudson Eastman-Grossel, Samantha Rose Fiske, Abigail Ann Griffith, Jonathan Cole Harms, Brenden Thomas Landry, Elizabeth Blackwell Lopez, Ysabel Mariflor Rodriguez, Kelly Fei Sheehan, Andrew John Sicuranza

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Region 18 Budget Approved by Almost 2:1 Margin in Referendum

The proposed 2019-20 Region 18 budget was approved convincingly in both Lyme and Old Lyme by an almost 2:1 margin in yesterday’s referendum.  The “Yes’ votes totaled 558 (63.4 percent) while the No’s notched 322 (36.6 percent.)

Superintendent Ian Neviaser commented, “We are pleased with the outcome of this referendum vote and appreciate the continued support of our schools from the communities of Lyme and Old Lyme. This budget will allow us to continue to provide the premier education experience in Connecticut.”

The breakdown of the vote from each town was as follows:

Lyme
Yes: 162
No: 34

Old Lyme
Yes: 396
No: 288

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Commentaries on the Proposed 2019-20 Region 18 Budget

We received a request from Old Lyme resident Mona Colwell to publish the statement she read at the Lyme-Old Lyme Schools Board of Education meeting last Wednesday, May 1.  Her statement (printed below) relates to the proposed 2019-20 Lyme-Old Lyme Schools budget on which the citizens of Lyme and Old Lyme will vote in a referendum on Tuesday.

Since the referendum is so close, we invited Lyme-Old Lyme Schools Superintendent Ian Neviaser to respond to the statement. He explained that he did not wish to do so as he is bound under election rules not to give an opinion on a matter being voted on by the public within seven days of that election.

In the interests of equity and independence to which we always attempt to ascribe, we are therefore publishing a statement on the budget given to us by Superintendent Neviaser back in February, which reads as follows:

“I am pleased that the Board of Education has voted to support the fiscally responsible budget that we proposed.  The 2.29 percent increase is one of the lower budget increases our communities have seen and is far lower than all of our surrounding districts.  This budget will continue to provide a top notch educational program to our students and communities with enhancements to what is already one of the strongest districts in the state.”

Colwell’s statement made May 1 to the Region 18 Board of Education reads:

“Four months ago, you, the Board, accepted an idea of pre-k expansion in the upcoming budget on a premise that it could work in the budget. However, you have been given misinformation about this proposed pre-k expansion.
You were told that the student population and the numbers of sections at Mile Creek were decreasing – they are not.
You were told that this was a way to avoid letting teachers go – however we now know this expansion requires increasing the number of teachers and Instructional assistants for Region 18
The data you were presented in support of pre-k expansion is not comparable to our area – there is no data to support the benefits of a 5 day, all day pre-k program for the socio-economic population in our towns.
The curriculum we have now was developed as a one on one peer based academic special needs program, so yes, we have a curriculum, but it’s not one that is created for a universal pre-k program.
You were told that the local businesses are ok with the expansion, but they are not and offering free pre-k for all will put local businesses out of business, further reducing the options available to our local families so they will have to go to Old Saybrook and East Lyme for other preschool options. Where are they going to buy a house then? According to Ian Neviaser, they’ll buy a house where their kids are going to preschool and that will not be in our towns.
You were told that everyone in our towns wants free pre-k for all kids – we have over 300 signatures on two petitions from people who don’t want the pre-k expansion in it’s (sic) current form, who are asking you as a Board to hold off on this proposal so that the program can be fully developed.Diane Linderman and Ian Neviaser told us at the Middle School PTO meeting in March that you, as a Board, still have time to rework the Region 18 2019/2020 budget, you can remove the proposed pre-k expansion costs of $400,000, you can adjust for the $150,000 in insurance savings that we already know about and you can decrease the heating expenses to Region 18 by $300,000 by taking steps to prevent heat loss in all of our buildings and offer a flat budget for the 2019/2020 school year without taking any programing away from our k-12 students.
By creating a flat budget, the current $1.2 million increase to the taxpayers of Old Lyme will be decreased by over $640,000.
Ian Neviaser has said that he’ll keep the pre-k expansion even if the budget gets voted down – the truth is that no one in our towns wants the budget to get voted down.
But we do want fiscal responsibility and we want you, the Board of Education, to represent us, the taxpayers. That’s why you were elected. As a Board, you can take the pre-k expansion out of the budget since it was put in under false pretenses. Then you’ll have time to explore how to add universal pre-k in a cost effective manner, with realistic logistics, minimal impact on the taxpayers and no negative effect on local businesses.
As a Board of Education concerned with children who may not be receiving pre-k exposure prior to kindergarten, you can change the lottery system, that we all know is not a blind lottery, to give preference to those families who have financial hardship and may not be able to afford sending their children to pre-school. We already as a community have accepted that the peer program is paid for by the taxes. So, make an adjustment to your acceptance of peers to ensure that those children most in need are taken over those who can afford to send their children to preschool.
Give us a budget that we can support on May 7th.
Thank you.”

 

 

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Lyme-Old Lyme HS Receives ‘College Success Award,’ Only 1,722 Schools Recognized Nationally

Lyme-Old Lyme High School has received the College Success Award from GreatSchools.org.

Lyme-Old Lyme High School has received the College Success Award, which honors schools that excel in ensuring students prepare for college, enroll in college and succeed once they get there.

Launched by GreatSchools.org, the 2019 College Success Award recognizes only 1,722 schools in 25 states. Award-winning schools have a successful track record of graduating students who later enroll in two- or four-year college, are ready for college-level coursework, and persist on to their second year, according to available data from each state.

College- and career-ready graduates are critical to fueling the U.S. economy, as 65 percent of jobs will require a post-secondary degree by 2020. Lyme-Old Lyme High School is one of the approximately 20 percent of eligible schools that won the College Success Award.

In response to this recognition, Superintendent Ian Neviaser stated, “This honor is a testament to the commitment of our students and their families, our dedicated staff, and the communities that continue to support our mission. We are honored to be recognized as a part of such an elite group.”

“Lyme-Old Lyme High School is providing their students with a high-quality education that equips and empowers them with the skills to forge a path to bright futures,” said Jon Deane, CEO of GreatSchools.org. “We applaud students, parents, teachers and the entire community for their dedication to pursuing college success.”

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Lyme Academy of Fine Arts Offers Pre-College Summer Arts Program

File photo of the Chandler Academic Center which comprises part of the newly-renamed Lyme Academy of Fine Arts.

Lyme Academy of Fine Arts is currently accepting high school students for enrollment in a series of pre-college summer art courses. Students with beginning to advanced level art training are welcome to enroll in college-level courses taught by master artists to further explore and expand their technical skills and abilities.

Course offerings include sculpture, drawing, oil painting, animation and more. Each course runs for one week, Monday through Friday from 9 a.m. to 3 p.m.

Founded in 1976 by esteemed sculptor Elisabeth Gordon Chandler, Lyme Academy of Fine Arts is located in historic Old Lyme, which has been a vibrant center for the arts and artists in Southeastern, CT for more than 100 years. The Academy offers a variety of programs in art education under the guidance of master artists who share a deep respect for both traditional and innovative forms of teaching that provide students with the necessary foundation and skills to develop their own unique visual expression.

Interested students can find out more information and enroll by visiting the new Lyme Academy website at www.lymeacademy.org or email info@lymeacademy.org.

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Brady Sheffield Named Lyme-Old Lyme Chamber Business Student of the Month

Brady Sheffield (second from right) receives his Lyme-Old Lyme Chamber of Commerce April 2019 Business Student of the Month award from (left to right) Rich Shriver,, Lyme-Old Lyme Chamber of Commerce President; Jeanne Manfredi, Lyme-Old Lyme High School Assistant Principal, and Leslie Traver, Lyme-Old Lyme High School Business Department Chair.

Lyme-Old Lyme High School junior Brady Sheffield has been named the Chamber of Commerce Business Student of the Month for April 2019. Brady plans on working for his uncle’s social media company to learn about running a business — a nice tie in to the business classes he has taken.

The Chamber Business Student of the Month program continues the Chamber tradition of recognizing members of the junior class for demonstrating outstanding initiative in and out of the classroom.

The Lyme-Old Lyme Chamber of Commerce established the N. Rutherford Sheffield Memorial Award for Entrepreneurial Promise & Achievement for Lyme-Old Lyme High School juniors in 1999 as a way to honor Mr. Sheffield, a 50+ year member of the Chamber who was highly regarded in our Lyme-Old Lyme community. Thirty-five juniors at Lyme-Old Lyme High School were recognized through this program.

 

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Legislators, Superintendents, Residents Express Universal Opposition to Forced School Regionalization

Special to LymeLine.com

Sitting in the front row of the audience at Monday night’s forum on school regionalization were local school superintendents (from right to left) Ian Neviaser (Lyme-Old Lyme), Pat Ciccone (Westbrook) and Jan Perruccio (Old Saybrook.)

Over 100 people turned out for an Education and Regionalization Forum at Old Saybrook Middle School on Thursday, April 11. The event was hosted by Rep. Devin Carney, (R-23rd), with Senators Paul Formica, (R-20th), and Norm Needleman, (D-33rd).

While the two parties differ on Connecticut road tolls, all three local officials said they are against forced regionalization of school district bills proposed by Senate President Pro Tempore Martin Looney, Senators Bob Duff and Cathy Osten, Deputy President Pro Tempore, and by Governor Ned Lamont.

Rep. Carney said there was an enormous public outcry by small towns and school districts, thousands of pieces of testimony received and hundreds of people, including students from Region 18 schools, who testified in March hearings.  While this probably means that the idea of aligning school districts with recently consolidated probate districts is not advancing, the matter of reducing and reallocating education costs is very much still alive, and pieces of proposed legislation could still become law.

“Nothing is truly ever dead until we gavel out at midnight on June 5,” Rep. Carney said, explaining the state legislative process and timelines of the ongoing session in Hartford. 

State Rep. Devin Carney (R-23rd) addresses the audience Monday night while (left) State Sen. Paul Formica (R-20th) awaits his turn to speak. Almost hidden from view, State Sen. Norm Needleman (D-33rd) stands to Rep. Carney’s right.

Of the six bills introduced that address regionalization of schools or services, three have been passed by the Education Committee and further action could be taken on them:

  • Governors Bill 874 establishes an appointed Commission on Shared School Services that is charged with developing shared school services recommendations, requires boards of education (BOEs) to report on currently shared school services and requires regional BOEs to post online monthly current and projected expenditures and to submit information to their town’s legislative body. The commission would issue a report in December 2020, recommendations could be binding on towns and districts. Because of costs of setting up a commission, the bill has been referred to Appropriations Committee;
  • HB 7350 requires regional education service centers (RESCs) to distribute an inventory of goods and services to member BOEs, and the Department of Education (DOE) shall develop a report of best practices by RESCs for regional cooperation. (LEARN, at 44 Hatchetts Hill Road in Old Lyme, is a RESC);
  • SB 1069, proposed by Sen. Needleman, which allows the DOE to study the effects of towns working together as Local Education Agencies, is intended to encourage voluntary regional cooperation and maximize efficiencies and cost savings without being mandated to become regional school districts.

Superintendents Ian Neviaser (Lyme-Old Lyme), Jan Perruccio (Old Saybrook), and Pat Ciccone (Westbrook) addressed how their districts have been sharing services and resources to reduce costs while maintaining the quality of curriculum along with educational, extracurricular and sports activities and programs.  Standard practices include health and dental insurance, energy, financial software, food service and supplies, plus student transportation for specialized programs.

Old Saybrook, Westbrook and Region 4 (Chester, Deep River and Essex plus the three elementary schools for each of those towns, which are not part of Region 4) school districts already share staff, Perruccio said, in an arrangement that has the flexibility to change yearly based on each districts’ demographic needs.

Perruccio said she was alarmed that the forced regionalization bills showed a lack of regard and understanding of how school districts are already sharing resources with a focus on quality of education.

Ciccone cited how the districts are coordinating to provide professional development for their teachers, and how Westbrook’s school facilities, sports programs and fields are utilized by the Town Parks and Recreation Department and local YMCA. The schools and town share legal and financial services support, as well. 

Lyme-Old Lyme Schools Superintendent Ian Neviaser stands at the podium during Monday evening’s forum.

“There is a money issue here, we need to be frank about it,” said Neviaser, pointing out that significant redistribution of wealth from school districts with higher property values and tax base already occurs. 

Fifty-one percent of New London’s school budget is paid by the state, he said., as is over 60 percent of Norwich’s, 33 percent of Montville’s and 14 percent of East Lyme’s school budgets. Meanwhile, Lyme-Old Lyme Schools receive less than one percent of operating expenses from the state.

“There was no mention of improving educational outcomes in these regionalization proposals,” commented Tina Gilbert of Lyme. “It is because of our school district’s focus on that, we are in the top four in the country in education.  There is no discussion of parent involvement in schools; we are not wealthy or privileged people, we chose to live in this school district for our children.  What it takes to build [highly performing schools] is parent involvement, working with parents.”

When asked if they moved to their town because of the quality of the schools, a high number of people in the audience raised their hands.

While the majority of questions and comments addressed specifics of proposed legislation, the overarching issue of state fiscal problems and how to address government spending arose. Lyme and Old Lyme residents were some of the most vocal about the impact of proposed legislation on property values, taxes and the quality of local school districts.

“The majority of the state doesn’t have a problem, town government works in Connecticut, but Hartford is not responsible,” said Curt Deane of Lyme, pointing out a seven-page summary of education service-sharing produced by LEARN in February.  “The initial [regionalization] proposals would have raised my property taxes by 50 percent overnight. Taxes go up, property values go down. People have to understand, this is going to hit our property taxes and hit hard. This isn’t going to go away.” 

“We can’t be a state with only great little towns and not great cities,” Sen. Needleman said, citing imbalances of health care outcomes and school performance between wealthier communities and the state’s large cities. He continued, “While we don’t want to mess up what we have, we can’t turn our backs on the disparities.”

The legislators encouraged voters to speak up, write letters, follow grassroots organizations such as Hands Off Our Schools or form their own group to express concerns to elected officials.

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Rep. Carney, Local School Superintendents Host Forum Tonight on School Regionalization, Education

State Representative Devin Carney (R-23rd)

Lyme-Old Lyme Schools Superintendent Ian Neviaser

State Rep. Devin Carney (R-23rd) in conjunction with the School Superintendents from Lyme-Old Lyme (Ian Neviaser), Old Saybrook (Jan Perruccio) and Westbrook (Pat Ciccone) invite the public to attend an informational forum regarding education and school regionalization Thursday, April 11, at 6:30 p.m. at Old Saybrook Middle School Auditorium, 60 Sheffield St., Old Saybrook.

This event, which is free and open to the public, will provide an update on the status of state legislation affecting local public education, including forced regionalization. School regionalization has been a major topic of discussion during the 2019 legislative session, and this event will allow area residents to share their concerns, get their questions answered, and discuss potential alternatives.

For further information and any other concerns regarding state government, email State Rep. Carney at Devin.Carney@housegop.ct.gov or call 800-842-1423.

For further information on Lyme-Old Lyme Schools, contact Superintendent Ian Neviaser at neviaseri@region18.org or 860-434-7238.

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Old Lyme BOS Schedules Special Meeting to Announce Citizen of the Year; Region 18 BOE Sets Date for Budget Referendum

UPDATED: The date of the referendum was incorrect in our original article.  We apologize for the error.

At their meeting on April 1, the Old Lyme Board of Selectmen settled on Tuesday, April 16, to hold a Special Town Meeting to announce the 2018 Citizen of the Year.  The announcement, which is normally made at the end of January, had to be postponed this year.

Also on the agenda will be two additional items as follows:

  • To consider and act on a proposal for the Town of Old Lyme to add 200 s.f. of Town-owned land to the area it is currently leasing out at the Boughton Road Fire Station at 189 Boston Post Road, Old Lyme, CT., to allow for an additional antenna to be installed on the cell tower now on the site and to make room for supporting equipment to be kept/ installed there.
  • To consider and act on proposed amendments to the Town’s Solid Waste Ordinance.

Copies of the proposed lease amendment and of a plan showing the current and proposed additional leased area and copies of the proposed amendments to the Solid Waste Ordinance are available on the Town website at www.oldlyme-ct.gov, and in the Town Clerk’s office at Town Hall during normal business hours.

Also on April 1, at the Public Hearing on Region #18’s 2019-20 proposed budget, the Lyme-Old Lyme Schools Board of Education set the date for the referendum on the budget as Tuesday, May, 7, with the District Budget Meeting the evening before on Monday, May 6, in the Center School Board of Education Conference Room at 6:30 p.m.

All residents of Lyme and Old Lyme, who are age 18 or over and US citizens, are eligible to vote in the referendum.  Polls will be open from 6 a.m. to 8 p.m.at Lyme Town Hall for Lyme residents and Cross Lane Firehouse for Old Lyme residents.

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Lyme-Old Lyme Schools BOE Hosts Budget Hearing Tonight in Center School

The Region 18 Board of Education (BOE) hosts a District Budget Hearing this evening at 6:30 p.m. in the BOE Conference Room in Center School.

On Feb. 6, the Region 18 BOE approved a $35,084,758 budget for the 2019-2020 school year. This proposed budget represents a 2.29 percent increase over the prior year.

The main program improvements are the Pre-K expansion, 1:1 technology expansion for K-12, updated Next Generation Science Standards materials and enhanced security.

The major facility projects in the Operating Budget are the replacement of three tennis courts ($225K), classrooms for the Pre-K expansion ($180K), partial redesign and carpet replacement of the Middle School Media Center ($45K), and carpet replacement in Lyme Consolidated School ($12K.) These projects total $462K.  The proposed installation of a solar electric system, which is part of the non-operating budget, will be funded by the purchase of a power agreement.

Certified salaries at $13.8 million comprise 39.9 percent of the budget while non-certified salaries at $3.2 million account for 9.8 percent.

Asked to comment on the budget passed by the BOE, Lyme-Old Lyme Schools Superintendent Ian Neviaser said, “I am pleased that the Board of Education has voted to support the fiscally responsible budget that we proposed.  The 2.29 percent increase is one of the lower budget increases our communities have seen and is far lower than all of our surrounding districts.  This budget will continue to provide a top notch educational program to our students and communities with enhancements to what is already one of the strongest districts in the state.”

The BOE will set the date for the referendum on the budget at the end of the hearing.  Residents of both Old Lyme and Lyme are eligible to vote in the referendum, which in order to pass, must achieve a simple majority of the combined vote of both towns.

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Lyme-Old Lyme Schools Host Public Forum This Evening on Pre-K Expansion

Lyme-Old Lyme Schools are hosting a Public Forum on Pre-K Expansion, Monday, March 25, at 7 p.m. in the Lyme-Old Lyme High School auditorium.

The purpose of the forum is to address questions about the proposed expansion of the existing Pre-K program.

All are welcome.

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Gov. Lamont Amends Education Proposal on Shared Services; Encourages School Collaboration, Reallocation of Resources to Classroom

Governor Ned Lamont (D)

PRESS RELEASE FROM THE OFFICE OF GOVERNOR NED LAMONT– Governor Ned Lamont today announced that he is submitting revised language to the General Assembly on his proposal encouraging shared services in Connecticut schools. The new proposal, which was developed in collaboration with stakeholders, addresses concerns raised by members of the community while continuing to encourage collaboration and shared services among schools. The governor said that he agrees with many constituents who do not want their school districts to be forced to consolidate operations and is hopeful that the modifications to his proposal address those concerns.

Unlike other proposals, Governor Lamont’s legislation does not force school consolidation. Rather, his bill uses school construction bonds and other funds to incentivize communities to explore cost savings, but does not force regionalization.

“The truth is that our students and teachers are not getting the adequate resources they need in the classroom,” Governor Lamont said. “Sharing certain back-office administrative services and purchasing costs is more efficient for certain schools, and my bill is intended to highlight and incentivize those efficiencies. I’ve also heard the concern that school districts need independence to make the decisions they feel are best. My revised proposal seeks to strike that balance through a collaborative process that preserves the feisty independence of our towns while providing them the tools they need to accomplish our shared vision of focusing resources on the classroom.”

As an example, North Carolina uses one contract for school software throughout the entire state, however in Connecticut there are 170 different contracts and the state is paying a premium. The governor’s proposal creates a bipartisan commission on shared school services, made up of education stakeholders from across the state including parents, teachers, superintendents, and school board members. That commission has no power to force the adoption of its recommendations, but will look around and outside the state to issue advisory reports on how districts can best share services and prioritize money for students and teachers. The towns and the people’s elected representatives will be able to draw on the recommendations that make sense in their local contexts.

The revised language in governor’s proposal:

  • Ensures regional diversity by requiring each of the governor’s six appointees come from a different RESC service area
  • Underscores the non-binding nature of the commission’s recommendations
  • Eliminates requirements that the commission consider redistricting and regionalization in its reports

The legislation, SB 874 – An Act Concerning Education Initiatives and Services in Connecticut, is currently pending in the education committee. The same language is included in HB 7192 – An Act Concerning Municipal and Regional Opportunities and Efficiencies, which is pending in the planning and development committee.

**DownloadProposed revised language to SB 874

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Old Lyme’s History-Making Run to the Sun Ends in the Shadows with Loss to Innovation in State Final

A huge crowd of Old Lyme supporters came to the Mohegan Sun arena to cheer on their team. Photos by Lynn Fairfield-Sonn, Carol Frazier and Jack Collins.

Estimates of the number of Old Lyme fans who went to cheer on the boy’s basketball team at Mohegan Sun arena Sunday morning varied between 800 and 1,000.  Even the commentator on the channel that was live-streaming the game noted, “There’s a lot of blue in the building,” adding for clarity, “I think the stadium is at least three-quarters blue.”

Prior to tip-off, Old Lyme engaged in their traditional motivational huddle.

For a small couple of towns like Lyme and Old Lyme, this was an amazing show of support and belief in this team and its coach, who just two short years ago found themselves on the wrong end of a 6-18 season.

The Old Lyme team stands proud while the national anthem plays before the game began.

Sadly, neither the team nor the fans saw their dreams come to fruition.

The teams were announced in the traditional manner.

Third-seeded Old Lyme were first out of the starting blocks storming to a 10-2 lead in a little over four minutes. Everything seemed to be going their way when top seeds Innovation woke up and by the end of the first quarter had overtaken the Wildcats by 12-10.

Junior guard Ray Doll with arms outstretched was in the thick of the on-court action.

Old Lyme never took the lead again falling to 23-30 by the half.  Scoring became a real challenge for the ‘Cats who ended up achieving only a 25% success rate.

Coach Kirk Kaczor urges on his team.

But Coach Kaczor never gave up on his boys encouraging them all through the contest.

By the end of the game, Ray Doll and Brady Sheffield, who are both juniors, had scored 11 points each and Aedan Using, another junior, had  contributed eight, but more significantly had also joined the elite group of Old Lyme players, who have scored 1,000 lifetime points. Doll and Using also respectively had eight and five rebounds while senior Liam Holloway notched a game-high five steals.

Action at the free throw line.

Innovation continued their formidable advance through the third and fourth quarters taking their lead to 20 clear points at 58-38 with 2:58 remaining on the clock. Old Lyme began to see the writing on the wall and heard the final buzzer with their heads held high but their hearts down low.

Leaping high to shoot, an Innovation player looks to score.

Thank you, Old Lyme boys and Coach Kaczor for such a great season.  You have made our towns proud.  You may not have won the state championship but you’ve rewritten the history books for the program by simply reaching the state final. We will always remember this outstanding team and their run to the Sun!

Congratulations … and see you next season!

Editor’s Notes: Special thanks to our photographers at the game, Lynn Fairfield-Sonn, Carol Frazier and Jack Collins.

 

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It’s Sun-Day for Old Lyme! Kaczor’s Boys Play for Div. V State Basketball Championship at 10:30am Today

Coach Kirk Kaczor (center) leads the traditional Old Lyme boy’s basketball team huddle at the start of a game..

There’s nothing like an Old Lyme team participating in a high school state final to stir the sleepy towns of Lyme and Old Lyme to their core.

Extrapolating from past performance when Don Bugbee’s girls played (and won) the Class S State basketball championship in 2009 — the first played at Mohegan Sun — a conservative estimate suggests that at least half of the population of Lyme and Old Lyme will set their alarms early this morning, may even skip church (or perhaps the Catholics among us went yesterday evening …) and head east across the state to the arena at Mohegan Sun.

One assumes that pretty much every self-respecting, current Lyme-Old Lyme High Schooler will make their way to the arena this morning whether on a school bus or under their own steam. The parents of the boys on the Old Lyme varsity basketball team may even go to see the team bus off from the school at some God-forsaken hour …

The basketball game tipping off at 10:30 a.m. in the arena at Mohegan Sun will be the focus of their attention until around noon.

In a packed arena with likely around 5,000 fans present, can Kirk Kavzor’s boys pull off a spectacular win and topple top-seeded Innovation to bring the CIAC Division V trophy home to Old Lyme?

These third-seeded Wildcats have already crushed all previous records by becoming the first team in program history to reach the final. Can they now — urged on by their fervent supporters aged from 1 to 92 — take it one step further and make their tiny hometown the proudest for miles around and win the title?

In an exclusive and extraordinarily revealing email interview with LymeLine.com, Coach Kaczor gave us the inside story on how this exceptional team has reached the point it is at today, saying, “Two years ago we were 6-14 and a program in disarray.  The effort, attitude and culture were not anywhere near what I wanted it to be.  We were selfish and undisciplined, and it reflected poorly on me as well as the school.  We weren’t all that talented, but more importantly our attitude needed to change for our program to be successful.”

He continued, “Last year, we dedicated ourselves to improving both on and off the court.  We made a move to work with a strong group of sophomores and asked the older kids to help bring them along and to provide a fostering culture that valued teamwork and discipline. “

Interestingly he pointed to some small things that have made a big difference in team culture, such as, “We made new rules about tucking in practice jerseys and sprinting to help out teammate or opponent that went down during the game.  (You’ll see that during the game.)”

Kaczor concluded, “We had a great season.  We finished 15-5 but lost in the first round of our league tournament.  We entered the state tournament with a good seed but were beaten at the buzzer in the first round by Capital Prep.  However, during that season we created a culture and brotherhood that carried into the summer, fall and then back to the winter.”

Turning to this season, Kaczor said, “Everything was in place to run for the Sun.  I never said it, but the kids did.  It was the elephant in the room.  We knew we had the talent, effort, and attitude to get there.” He mused, “I just wondered if we could catch a break.  There always seems to be a little luck involved.,” adding, “Things just fell into place for us.”

Commenting on the tournament itself, Kaczor reflected, “We’ve played three excellent and young teams so far.  Beating a good Gilbert team in the second round.  Avenging our only home loss (on senior night) to Morgan in the quarters.  And this week, we beat a 16-4 Somers team that is really good.”

Kaczor ended with the words, “This season has been amazing in so many ways,” noting, “We just recently won the sportsmanship award presented by our Board 8 officials, as well.”

Let’s hope the season becomes a whole lot more amazing this morning! Good luck boys and Coach Kaczor … and GO WILDCATS!

 

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Today’s Hearing on Act Proposing Creation of Tax Authorities in CT for School Towns/Districts with Less Than 15,000 Students to be Televised

Today at noon, the state legislature’s Planning & Development Committee will hold a public hearing on House Bill 7319, An Act Concerning The Fiscal Independence Of School Districts.  The hearing will be televised on CT-N.

The bill requires local and regional school districts with fewer than 15,000 students to become taxing authorities, separate from any municipality.

The bill was introduced by the Planning & Development Committee and is applicable to all local and regional school districts in the state, except for five: Hartford, Bridgeport, New Haven, Waterbury and Stamford.

For more information on the broad topic of forced school regionalization, visit HandsOffourSchools.org or their associated Facebook group, Hands Off Our Schools, which is strongly opposed to the proposals made to date.

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Op-Ed: Forced Regionalization of Our Schools Will be a Disaster For Our Communities

This op-ed was submitted by Tina C. Gilbert of Lyme. It was also sent as a letter to State Senators Paul Formica  (R-20th) and Norman Needleman (D-33rd), and State Rep. Devin Carney (R-23rd.) Gilbert has children in Lyme-Old Lyme Schools and is Vice-President of LCN USA located in Deep River, Conn.  

I am seriously concerned about the lack of awareness and sense of urgency in the Lyme-Old Lyme communities regarding the proposed Bills to force school regionalization, specifically Bill 454 (SB 738). It is a grave mistake for any tax payer in Lyme or Old Lyme  to think this doesn’t affect them just because they don’t have children attending the schools. We know the chances of this getting approved are strong, if not, at this point, unavoidable.

Unfortunately I was unable to attend the recent BOE meeting where I would have addressed my concerns. At the BOE meeting I understand that it was said that Region 18 had “good representation” at last Friday’s hearings on the proposed bills. We had, from my count, 5 children and 5 adults (2 without their children) at the hearing. The town of Wilton, conversely, had well over 100 – if not 150 constituents there. That is good representation. The hearing required three overflow rooms apart from the primary hearing room. Each of them packed with floors occupied by children. I could be mistaken, but I believe that is a very rare occurrence.

Next week, the Committee will vote on whether these Bills move forward. If they vote to move forward, the consequences to our two communities will be devastating and irrevocable. Our local BOE is concerned about the attrition rate of students in Region 18. However, imagine if you will the entire school population coming from the Town of Lyme no longer attending the Middle School or High School. No amount of marketing for out-of-region students or pre-K applicants is going to fill that void. What then are the effects? Jobs gone. Shared programs gone (LYSB). Culture, history, community …. compromised. Taxes increased. Residents leaving. Property values tanking. Parents putting themselves into debt to send their children to whatever private school they can find.
The Town of Old Lyme will follow the Probate system and will be regionalized with East Lyme, Salem and Montville. There will be a regionalized BOE and one Superintendent (that means 3 lose their jobs.) Governor Lamont specifically called out wanting to reduce the number of Superintendents. East Lyme is a large and powerful school. I don’t think it takes a deep thinker to figure out who is going to have more power in the new regionalized district.
We live in the Town of Lyme. We moved here from Deep River so that our children would be in the Region 18 schools. With this forced Regionalization, Lyme will join Deep River, Chester, Essex, Haddam and Killingworth. Children from the farthest reaches of Lyme will be bussed across the river to attend schools there. Bus rides will be well over an hour. Parents who want to be active in their children’s schooling will be challenged with having to follow suit and drive either over the bridge to Rt 9 (and soon pay tolls to do so) or over the bridge in Haddam.  My husband and I recently moved our business to Deep River, so we know how time consuming it is to come back to Lyme Consolidated in the middle of the day for a school event. This is the first year of the last seven that our children have been in the school that we’ve missed nearly every program. Frankly it would be easier for us to have our kids going to school on the other side of the river. But we don’t want that – we moved here for the quality of the education.
From the hearing and follow up discussion, it has become clear that the Forced Regionalization concept is in fact not about the state saving money. The Committee members supporting the legislation made their opinions on that clear. And a Bill supporter who has the ears of these members (including the Chair) put it succinctly as follows:
“Connecticut has too many school districts, and the richest ones are fortresses that have pulled all the ladders up after them while the poorest sink deeper and deeper. Town-based school districts drive wealth inequality and force towns to compete against one another instead of cooperating. Worst of all, they embody institutionalized and systemic racism. They enforce de facto segregation, which is the toxic legacy of redlining and exclusionary zoning, and we will never be able to move forward until that changes.”
In summary, this infers that we residents of Lyme and Old Lyme are a bunch of privileged racists who only want the best for their children and none for others. This tired tactic is offensive and reprehensible.
I am happy that there is broad bipartisan support against these Bills. But that’s not enough. If these Bills fail, the Governor has proposed his own Bill SB 874 with 32 pages of detail on a very powerful school consolidation commission that will make decisions that may or may not have to be put to vote by the legislators. The Governor stated he will sign it into law. There is also discussion of a new Regional Tax layer – to add to our Federal, State and Local taxes – to support all of this.

In the end, Forced Regionalization equals Forced Equalization equals Forced Marginalization. The sum is Disaster to our communities.
The word needs to get out to our communities, so at the very least they are educated on the subject and not blind-sided when they learn of the fate of their children’s education or are shocked when they see their future tax bills.
How can we make this happen? How can we get the word out? We have very little time.
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Old Lyme Gymnasts Qualify for New England Championships at State Open

Maria Denya (left) and Britney Detuzzi both qualified Wednesday night for the New England Gymnastic Championship to be held Saturday.

Both Lyme-Old Lyme High School athletes competing in the CIAC State Open Gymnastics Championship held at New Milford High School Wednesday night qualified for the New England Championship being held Saturday in Hudson, Mass.

Britney Detuzzi’s scores were: Vault 8.75 Bars 8.05 Beam 8.65 (9th), Floor 9.3 (3rd), totaling 34.75 points and giving her 9th place in the All-Around, while Maria Denya’s score on the Beam was 8.55, placing her in the 10th spot. The top 10 in each event qualify for the New England Championship. Detuzzi will compete in the All-Around at the State Open while Denya will compete on the beam.

Stonington High School’s Hanna Laskey also qualified for New England Championship in the Vault.

The following weekend Detuzzi and Laskey will compete for ABC Shoreline Level 9 USAG Connecticut State Championships.

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