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The April 11 Issue Of The (NH+) Independent Is Available For Download

The April 11, 2014 issue of The (NH+) Independent is available for download. Click on the front-page image below:

The March 21, 2014 issue

Page 1:

  • Justin Lucas Receives The Carmella Lattizori Book Award
  • New Hartford Budget Public Hearing A Quiet Affair – by Bob Moore
  • Husky Parade

Page 2:

  • Community Calendar 

Page 3:

  • Beekley Community Library Appoints New Director
  • Community Notes: 
    • Barkhamsted Rec. Sponsors Spring Fling 
    • Barkhamsted Rec. Sponsors Mother’s Day Cake Decorating Event
    • Art Classes Begin Again At NH Senior Center
    • Backyard Small Chicken Flock Management
    • Antique Appraisal Program At Beardsley & Memorial Library
    • Cyberbullying  - A Community Conversation

Page 4:

  • Regional’s Gearheads Are On A Roll To Northeast Championships – by Tom Goddu
  • Roxanne Pangallo Appointed Principal Of New Hartford Elementary, Bakerville Schools
  • How Much Does The State Owe School Districts?
  • Creatively Wired and Socially Challenged - Autism Spectrum Unplugged

Page 5:

  • Senior Spotlight: 91 Year-Old Plaintiff Sues Long-Term Care Insurance Provider – by Carmine Perri
  • Brewed & Bottled: Hunting Rarities – by Chris Parrott

Page 6:

  • Cooking With Chef Chris Snieckus – A Twist On An Old Favorite, Southwestern Macaroni & Cheese - by Chris Snieckus
  • 5 Things – Five Tips For A Greener Wash – by Monica Reid

Page 7:

  • Feature – Riverton Derby: A Tradition For 64 Years - by Donna Howard

Page 8:

  • New Office Space To House New Business (Edward Jones) - Business Shout Out by Maria Moore
  • Tenants, Landlords: Know Your Rights & Responsibilities
  • Business Services Section

Page 9:

  • State Reaches Agreement To Help Protect Working Farms
  • Business Council, NW Chamber To Host Joint Spring Fling
  • Women’s Network To Meet At Whiting Mills
  • Business Services Section

Page 10:

  • Memorial: Arlene Swift Jones
  • Op-Ed: Buyers Beware (of Common Core) - by Ann Policelli Cronin

Page 11: 

  • Heartbleed Bug – What You Need To Know
  • Nurse Practitioners To Practice Independent Of Doctors
  • Feds Release Medicare Doctor Payment Database
  • Classifieds

Page 12:

  • Historical Notes – ‘Americas First Prima Donna’: Clara Louise Kellogg – by Anne Hall

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The April 4 Issue Of The (NH+) Independent Is Available For Download

The April 4, 2014 issue of The (NH+) Independent is available for download. Click on the front-page image below:

The March 21, 2014 issue

Page 1:

  • New Hartford WPCA Meeting: Septage Contract Ended, Sewer Grant Discussed – by Bob Moore:

Page 2:

  • Community Calendar
  • MDC Annual Watershed Inspections Begin in April
  • Lessons From a Forest Kindergarten

Page 3:

  • New Hartford Budget Readied For Public Hearing – by Bob Moore
  • Bakerville Library: New Librarian, New Website Announced
  • Colebrook Store Closed Once Again
  • Community Notes 
    • American Legion Sponsors Walk-A-Thon
    • Invitation To Death Cafe New Hartford

Page 4:

  • Northwestern Regional #7 2nd Quarter Honor Roll (High School)
  • Regional’s Swim Team On A Winning Streak - by Jaclyn Colombie

Page 5:

  • Connecticut Court Ruling Places A Divide Between Horses And People – by Anne Hall

Page 6:

  • A Taste Of Our Favorite Farmers Market - Photos by Maria Moore

Page 7:

  • Northwest Conservation District Earth Day Plant Sale Returns To Goshen Fairgrounds

Page 8:

  • Pleasant Valley Hair: Specializing In Hair Cuts & Smiles - Business Shout Out by Maria Moore
  • Northwest Community Bank, New Supervisor For Academic Branch
  • Free Estate Planning Seminars Offered By Elder Law, Estate Planning Firm

Page 9:

  • Business Services

Page 10:

  • Letter To the Editor
  • Op-Ed: How Is CT’s Health Insurance Exchange Really Doing? – by Ellen Andrews

Page 11: 

  • State’s Open Data Portal Launches
  • UConn Aids Out-Of-State Students
  • Classifieds & Legal Notices

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The March 28 Issue Of The (NH+) Independent Is Available For Download

The March 28, 2014 issue of The (NH+) Independent is available for download. Click on the front-page image below:

The March 21, 2014 issue

Page 1:

  • State Allocates 3.7 Mil. To Cottage St. Sewer Project
  • New Hartford BOF Trims Proposed Budgets - by Bob Moore
  • Principal Mike Luzietti Accepts Position In Simsbury - By Maria Moore

Page 2:

  • Community Calendar
  • The Grapevine

Page 3:

  • Community Notes
  • Marijuana Dispensary Approved At Ex-KFC Location 

Page 4:

  • Northwestern Regional #7 2nd Quarter Honor Roll
  • Regional’s “Gearheads” Advance - by Megan Llewellyn
  • Raise The Roof For A School Pavilion
  • Barkhamsted School PTO To Sponsor Penny Auction

Page 5:

  • UConn To Raise Tuition 6.5 Percent Next Year
  • Out & About: Lifestar On Call
  • 5 Things – Homemade Cleaning Products For Spring - by Monica Reid

Page 6:

  • Hot Soup For Those Chilly Nights, Shrimp Corn Chowder - by Chef Chris Snieckus

Page 7:

  • Connecticut’s Sugar Maples: icons Of New England - by Anne C.  Hall

Page 8:

  • What Is Anthropology? Two Anthropologists’ Takes - Photojournal by Maria Moore

Page 9:

  • Business Council’s Intern Program Looks Forward To 2014-2015 Semesters
  • Business Services

Page 10:

  • Obituary – Raymond Charest
  • Yes Dan Malloy/Nancy Wyman Are Running
  • Committee: No Plans To Vote On Aid-In-Dying Bill
  • Free Dental Clinic, Finally Comes To Hartford

Page 11: 

  • Connecticut Becomes First State To Pass $10.10 Minimum Wage
  • Classifieds

Page 12:

  • DEEP Shines A Spotlight On Connecticut’s Native Salamander Species

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The March 21 Issue Of The (NH+) Independent Is Available For Download

The March 21, 2014 issue of The (NH+) Independent is available for download. Click on the front-page image below:

The March 21, 2014 issue

Page 1:

  • New Hartford, Barkhamsted Budgets Presented - by Bob Moore
  • Grand List Values Decline Due To Revaluations – by Maria Moore
  • Ripley Hill Rd. To Be Closed March 24-28 Daytime

Page 2:

  • Community Calendar

Page 3:

  • Community Notes
  • Grand Lists Decline (continued) including top 10 taxpayers 

Page 4:

  • Cooking With Chef Chris Sniekus: Easy Left Overs: Corned Beef Hash – CORRECTED RECIPE
  • A Craft Beer Selfie - by Chris Parrott

Page 5:

  • Out & About: Images From St. Patrick’s Day
  • Drive-In Fundraiser Planned - by Bob Moore
  • A Workshop To Help Writers Establish Online Credibility

Page 6:

  • Business Shoutout:  The Purple Rose Opens Just In Time For Spring - by Maria Moore
  • Business Services Section

Page 7:

  • Common Core And Smarter Balanced: Local Concerns Expressed
  • Classifieds & Legals

Page 8:

  • Historical Notes: Barkhansted Hollow Before The Saville Dam  - by Anne Hall

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Corned Beef Hash – Corrected Recipe

We messed up the ingredients for the Corned Beef Hash in our March 14 issue – our sincere apologies to Chef Chris Sniekus for this SNAFU. A copy of the corrected recipe is now available for download:  Click on the image below to download a printable version of the corrected recipe.

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The March 14, 2014 Issue Of The (NH+) Independent Is Available For Download

The March 14, 2014 issue of The (NH+) Independent is available for download. Click on the front-page image below:

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Page 1:

  • Antiques: Objects Of Age & Beauty – by Anne Hall
  • New Hartford Budget Workshop: Regional #7, NH Schools BOE, Board Of Selectmen To Present Budgets
  • WPCA Municipal Loan Repayment: BOF, BOS Back 10-Year Plan - by Bob Moore

Page 2:

  • Community Calendar

Page 3:

  • Community Notes
  • Local Coaching Heroes Honored - by Jaclyn Colombie

Page 4:

  • Cooking With Chef Chris Sniekus: Easy Left Overs: Corned Beef Hash – for CORRECTED RECIPE click on the following link (to be inserted)
  • Out & About: Scottish Highlands Music & Dance Comes To Town

Page 5:

  • Out & About: On The Slopes With Hartford PAL
  • ‘Ugly Places For Pretty Birds’: Shrubland Birds In Connecticut - by Anne Hall

Page 6:

  • Business After Hours: Quercibella Thronged By Fellow Business Owners
  • Business Services Section 

Page 7:

  • Op-Ed: Common Core: An Unproven ‘Reform’ Movement
  • Classifieds & Legals

Page 8:

  • Historical Notes: Antiques: Valuing Objects Of Age & Beauty (continued from page 1)  - Anne Hall

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New Hartford Selectmen Take First Pass At Budget

The New Hartford Board of Selectmen met in a session lasting nearly four hours on Tuesday, March 4.

The Board voted unanimously against a proposition presented by the Wastewater Treatment Plant Refinance Subcommittee to support a 25% user – 75% general taxpayer split on the treatment plant debt (see our article “WPCA Adopts 5-Point Debt Relief Program”).

Following that vote, the Board received an update from First Selectman Dan Jerram on the proposed Antolini School renovation project before taking up a first review of the Selectmen’s budget which Jerram presented to the other Selectmen.

Two highlights included in the proposed budget where the addition of a fourth Town constable and the reduction of the Rec Director’s role to a part-time position. There was lengthy and heated discussion on this last item, with Selectwoman Kennerson presenting information on income derived from winter Rec programs and Selectman Casey arguing for the position to continue as full-time. Casey also suggested that an interim Rec Director be appointed, while the current Rec Director Dennis Minor is in his fourth month of absence from work.

The New Hartford Board of Selectmen will meet in a Special Meeting on Monday, March 10, to discuss the budget further. Selectman Casey excused himself from that meeting.

Download a copy of the New Hartford Board of Selectmen’s draft budget, March 4, 2014.

 

 

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WPCA Adopts 5-Point Debt Relief Plan

At its March 6 regular meeting, the New Hartford WPCA unanimously adopted a 5-point framework for reallocation of the debt on the Town’s wastewater treatment plant (WWTP). See the download link below.

The plan calls for setting the surcharge rate for sewer customers (users) at $2.15 per thousand gallons. The surcharge has been set as a method to collect funds to service the WWTP debt. The $2.15 will raise adequate revenue from the existing users to pay 19% of the debt. Currently the surcharge is $5/1000 gals. and covers 61% of the debt. Under the new plan, funds currently held by the WPCA that have been collected over the years in excess of 19% of the debt will be held in a sinking fund. The users will be responsible for 25% of the debt through 2018 and the sinking fund will be used to supplement the $2.15 surcharge in order to bring the total payment by the users up to 25%. After 2018, a sliding scale payment plan will be established that leaves the existing users responsible for 19% and new users will pay $82 per year equivalent dwelling unit (one single-family dwelling unit or its equivalent).

Under the plan, the WPCA and the Board of Selectmen will work together in an effort to extend sewer lines to Cottage Street and establish a revolving fund to assist new users in financing their connection to the sewer mains.

A modification will be sought to restructure the terms of a $130,000 loan to allow for a 10 year repayment.

Also in that meeting, the WPCA voted to adopt a procedure to deal with overdue payments on customer’s water bills. The plan outlines the procedure for filing liens on the property of delinquent customers. WPCA will work with the Torrington Water Company (TWC) which manages the daily operation of the Town’s drinking water system.

Karl Nielsen was on hand to address the WPCA on behalf of Blue Ridge LLC Development which is pursuing development of a large parcel on the New Hartford/Torrington line. WPCA Chair Bill Michaud asked First Selectman Dan Jerram for assistance from the Town in regard to the project, due to its size and complexity. Jerram said that the Town recommends a single point of contact and that Mark Branse, the Town’s Land Use attorney would be the appropriate person tu fulfill that function. WPCA member Denton Butler made a motion to accept the First Selectman’s suggestion and the vote was unanimous to do so.

Download a copy of the 5-Point Framework.

 

 

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Prevalence Data For Students With Disabilities: The Number And Costs Of Special Ed Students In Our Communities

The cost of educating students with disabilities, grouped together as Special Ed, is one of the fastest growing segment of any school budget. The costs are all too clear; however, it’s not always as easy to know just how many students with Special Ed needs those costs are covering.

A handout at the recent Shared Services Committee meeting helps shed some light on the numbers of students with special needs that each of our communities is responsible for. The handout, ‘Students with Disabilities Grades K-12 Prevalence Data (2013-14),’ is compiled by the State Department of Education – SEDAC (Special Education Data Application and Collection). The report includes prevalence data for all Connecticut school districts, including Regional school districts. Download a copy of the report from the link below.

Following are the prevalence data, given as a percentage of school population, for the local districts included in Regional #7:

  • Barkhamsted: 12.2%
  • Colebrook: 14.9%
  • Hartland: 11.4%
  • New Hartford: 9.9%
  • Norfolk: 17%
  • Regional #7: 11.4%

Applying these percentages to the total student population of each district results in an approximate number of students within that district in need of Special Ed Services. In our calculations we have included the total number of students enrolled in Preschool programs for each of the elementary school districts.

  • Barkhamsted School district has a current total student population of 306; 12.2% of those students, or approximately 37 students receive Special Ed services;
  • New Hartford Public Schools district currently has a total of 546 students; 9.9% of those students, or approximately 54 students within that district currently are in need of Special Ed services;
  • Lastly, Regional #7 Middle and High School district currently has a total of 1,054 students; 11.4% of those students, or approximately 120 students currently are in need of Special Ed services,

The Cost of Educating Special Ed Students

Knowing the approximate number of students receiving Special Ed services allows us to calculate the Cost Per Special Ed Student for each of the three districts:

  • Barkhamsted: Total current Special Ed Budget of $285,011, divided among approx. 37 students currently receiving Special Ed services equals a Special Ed Cost Per Student of $7,703. .
  • New Hartford Public Schools: Total current Special Ed Budget of $1,244,226, divided among approximately 54 students currently receiving Special Ed services equal a Special Ed Cost Per Student of $23,041.
  • Regional #7: Total current Special Ed Budget of $664,315, divided among approximately 120 students currently receiving Special Ed services equals a Special Ed Cost per student of $5,536.

Both Barkhamsted School District and Regional #7 Middle and High School District have a Special Ed Cost Per Student of within a couple of thousand dollars of each other. The New Hartford Public Schools district has a Special Ed Cost Per Student approximately $15,000 more than Barkhamsted and Regional #7. The only difference appears to be the way that Special Ed services are delivered: both Barkhamsted and Regional #7 share Special Ed services through Shared Services, a cooperative Special Ed services program. New Hartford Public Schools district provides Special Ed services in-house.

Download the SEDAC Students with Disabilities Grades K-12 Prevalence Data (2013-14)

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Shared Services: Proposed Budget Includes 2.47% Increase – Proposed 2014-15 FY Budget Included

With Special Education costs increasing more quickly than the cost of Regular Education, it was welcome news to learn that Shared Services’ proposed budget includes a 2.47% increase in expenditures, the highest increase in the past 6 years, according to Paula Gladu-Morabito, the program’s Executive Director.

Gladu-Morabito presented her proposed budget for the 2014-2015 Fiscal Year to the Shared Services Committee, made up of representatives from its member districts and Dr. Judy Palmer of Regional #7, the superintendents’ representative from the member districts. Shared Services provides Special Education services to all the Regional #7 elementary school districts, Hartland and Regional #7 Middle and High School; the New Hartford elementary schools district is not a member district, opting to provide Special Education services in-house.

Gladu-Morabito’s proposed budget is for a net program cost of $1,513,286, which shows an increase of $36,468 over the current year’s net program cost of $1,476,818. Under the proposed budget, the cost of Special Ed services to Shared Services’ member elementary school districts and to Regional #7 in the upcoming fiscal year will be split as follows among those entities:

Barkhamsted (equals 17.73% of the students) would be assesssed $291,476.78, an increase of $6,465.78 or +2.27%

Colebrook (equals 6.11%) would be assessed $112,881.19, an increase of $2,228.19 or +2.01

Hartland (equals 14.59%) would be assessed $281,038.68, an increse of $5,32068 or +1.93%

Norfolk (equals 6.83% of the students) would be assessed $143,611.76, an increase of $2,490.76 or +1.76%

Regional #7 (equals 54.74% of the students) would be assessed $684,277.58, an increase of $19,962.58 or +3.00.

Shared Services has projected revenue of $665,229, which includes state grants and unexpected funds of $171,000. These revenues brought down the total program cost from $2,178,515 to $1,513,286.

Cost savings were realized by eliminating the $70,000 expense for Language/Speech/Hearing under purchased Professional Services, and instead adding to the Language/Speech/Hearing professional services provided in house, increasing that line item by $19,561, from $41,646 to $61,207.

Salaries show an increase of 2.65% for certified staff, and a 2% increase for classified and non-certified staff. All staff will see an increase in their share of the cost of insurance premiums, as well as their share of the deductible contribution. The projected increase in the medical rate for ConnectiCare had been estimated to be about 12%; however, that figure was dropped to 8.5% after a meeting with Ovation, the Farmington-based insurance broker that has taken over the Litchfield Insurance Group’s health insurance clients.

The Committee members will discuss the Executive Director’s proposed budget at their next meeting on March 17 at the Shared Services facility on the Regional #7 campus.

Download a copy of the Shared Services proposed budget for the 2014-2015 Fiscal Year by clicking on the following link: Shared Services Proposed Budget, 2014-2015 Fiscal Year.

Shared Services is a Cooperative Education Service Center (CESC) that has been providing specialized services and special education staff and programs to school districts in Northwestern Connecticut for over 40 years. Members include the districts of Barkhamsted, Colebrook, Hartland, Norfolk, and Northwestern Regional #7.

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The February 28 Issue Of The Independent

The February 28 issue of The (NH+) Independent is available for download. Click on the front-page image below:

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Page 1:

  • NH Selectmen Discuss Project To Ben - by Bob Moore
  • Shared Services: Proposed Budget Includes 2.47% Increase - by Maria Moore

Page 2:

  • Community Calendar

Page 3:

  • Senior Spotlight: A Growing Trend: Estates Under Fire – by Carmine Perri
  • Barnaby Bright To Play At The Nights At The Beekley

Page 4:

  • Cooking With Chef Chris Sniekus: Tomato Basil Soup With Gorgonzola - by Chris Snieckus

Page 5:

  • Ray Kasulaitis: Patiently Waiting For The Sap To Flow - by Mary Flynn Wilson

Page 6:

  • Letter To The Editor: The Demise Of Recreational Programming – by John Hudson
  • Business Services Section
  • Obituaries: Agnes “Tommie” English; Theresa (Kramer) Oswell

Page 7:

  • Regional #7 Board Takes Firsts Pass At Budget – by Maria Moore
  • Classifieds

Page 8:

  • Historical Notes: The Era Of New Hartford’s Trains  - by Anne C. Hall

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New Hartford Public Schools Budget: Board Members Continue Review Of Line Items – Download Draft #3 Budget

New Hartford Public Schools Board of Ed members discussed their proposed budget for the 2014-2015 Fiscal Year during their Tuesday, February 18 meeting.  The proposed budget before them, Draft Three, is for a total of $8,134,567, an increase of $195,005, a 2.46% increase over the current year’s budget of $7,939,562.

At their previous meeting, on February 4, the Board members had discussed Draft Two of the proposed budget and had instructed Superintendent Philip O’Reilly to cut the proposed budget from a 2.84% increase down to a 2.5% increase. O’Reilly had returned with Draft Three with a proposed 2.46% increase.

The total number of students at the town’s three elementary schools for the 2014-2015 school year is projected to be 511 students, down from 546 students in the current year.

The total number of teachers has been reduced by 1 FTE (Full Time Equivalent), from 28 FTE to 27 FTE. The cut is to a Grade 1 teacher, where the current enrollment of 76 students is projected to drop to 54 students.

The area of the budget showing the largest increase is Special Ed, which in Draft Two totalled $1,430,209, a $185,983 increase over the current year, equivalent to a 14.9% increase. New Hartford has opted not to participate in the Shared Services program at Regional #7 which provides services to students with Special Ed needs in the Region 7 member towns; instead, New Hartford provides Special Ed services in-house. There are normally 60-65 students receiving Special Ed services in New Hartford, O’Reilly responded to a Board of Ed member’s question wanting to know the number of students receiving Special Ed services.

In Draft Three of the budget, O’Reilly said that he and the Pupil Services Director had decided to cut a full-time position to part-time, bringing the Special Ed total to $1,394,561, a $150,335 increase, equivalent to a 12.1% increase. However, O’Reilly cautioned the Board members that the Preschool program had 5 students needing services and that if one more student were to be identified, then the district would have to add a second teacher to that program in order to maintain the ratio of 5 students in need of services and 5 typical students per class.

Board of Ed member Melissa Giaconia questioned what several line items were actually being used for, and when it was found that there was cross-over in what was being charged to the line items, she reiterated that each line item needed to be sufficiently funded to provide for the specific item/s for which it was established and should not be used to fund other items in the budget. One of the line items she questioned was the $51,000 amount in the Professional Development program. “Residents have told me they feel this amount is rich,” Melissa said.

O’Reilly said that the funds were used to bring to the district consultants from Columbia University to provide in-person professional development to the professional staff. Those consultants were also available to consult with members of the professional staff at any time. Professional development funds are also used to send teachers to attend summer workshops and also for cases such as when the district funded two teachers’ trips to Mystic Aquarium to investigate the suitability of that location for a school field trip.

Board member Kate Rieger again questioned the Full Time Librarian position at Antolini School. The response was that the individual in question provides technical support to teachers and students in addition to her regular duties.

Another line item that was again questioned, by board members Pat Spaziani and Mike Linnetz is the $4,000 allocated for the production of the 6th Grade play.  Despite the positives of having students participate in the play after school hours, Pat and Mike felt it should not be the responsibility of the town to fund this extra-curricular activity.  Pat made the point that when her children were in the play, the adults fundraised to cover  the cost of the production.

After discussion on the budget was cut short for the evening by Chairman Josh Adams, a general discussion ensued on the role of the Board of Ed members with regard to crafting the budget. Josh felt that the Board members should give guidance to the Superintendent as to the increase they would like to see in the budget and then to leave it to the Superintendent to adjust the budget to meet that guidance; several members of the Board disagreed, with one Board member saying that it was their job to discuss individual line items.

The Board of Ed members will continue their discussion of the proposed budget at their next meeting on Tuesday, March 4 at Antolini School. At that meeting an additional item will be introduced for discussion, that of several district employees having health insurance that is fully-funded by the district, while all other employees pay a portion of the cost.

Download a copy of Draft Three of the proposed budget on www.newhartfordplus.com.

To download the draft budget click on the following link: NH Schools Draft Budget #3

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Northwestern Regional #7 Draft Budget – 2014-2015

Following is a copy of the article on the Regional#7 draft budget that was published in the February 21,2014 issue of The NH+ Independent. At the end of the article is the link to download a copy of the draft budget dated February 3, 2014.

Regional #7 Budget:

Proposed Budget To Meet Students’ Needs

Maria Moore
The INDEPENDENT

Laying the groundwork for her proposed budget for the 2014-15 Fiscal Year, Regional #7 Superintendent Judy Palmer said that over the past 6 years the school’s budget had been kept to under a 2% yearly increase; this, during a time when the CPI for education (Consumer Price Index) has risen 3.5% (in 2013) and 3.8% in 2012.

“This has not been high enough to meet the needs of the students,” Palmer said, adding that the situation was unsustainable.

She then presented her proposed budget for the upcoming 2014-2015 Fiscal Year which is structured to meet students’ needs.

The proposed budget is for a total of $19,768,974, an increase of $868,412 over the current year’s expenditures of 18,900,562; this represents a 4.59% proposed increase over the current year’s budget.

Each member town is assessed a percentage of the cost of the budget based on the number of students from that town attending Regional. For the 2014-15 school year enrollment is estimated to decrease by 4 students, bringing the total enrollment to 1,050 students. Of that total, New Hartford will account for 536 students (51%), Barkhamsted for 293 students (28%), Colebrook for 112 students (10.7%) and Norfolk for 109 students (10.3%).

Based on the estimated enrollment numbers, New Hartford’s estimated assessment is $9,138,888, an increase of 370,511 or +4.23%; Barkhamsted’s assessment is $4,994,613, and increase of $18,481, or +0.37%; Colebrook’s assessment is $1,910,126, an increase of $87,565, or +4.80%; and Norfolk’s assessment is $1,858,211, an increase of $116,996, or +6.72%.

Factors affecting the budget positively are lower personnel costs due to a new teacher’s contract with a 2.5% increase, and lower health benefit costs due to the teachers assuming a higher percentage of the cost.

Factors affecting the budget negatively are higher Special Education costs and the addition of 1.4 FTE (Full Time Equivalents) in Math.

The Regional Board members will continue to discuss their proposed budget during their next three meetings, before they present their budget to their member towns.

The next Regional #7 Board of Ed meeting is scheduled for Wednesday, February 26 at 6 p.m. in the Media Center at Regional.

Download a copy of the proposed budget on www.newhartfordplus.com

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To download the draft budget click on the following link: Regional #7 Working Budget, 2014-2015, 02032014

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The February 21 Issue Of The Independent

The February 21 issue of The (NH+) Independent is available for download. Click on the front-page image below:

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Page 1:

  • New Hartford BOF: ‘Focus Turns To 6.6M School Project’ - by Bob Moore
  • ‘Barkhamsted Approves Constabulary’ - by Maria Moore

Page 2:

  • Community Calendar

Page 3:

  • Community Notes
  • Regional 7 Budget: ‘Proposed Budget To Meet Students’ Needs’by Maria Moore

Page 4:

  • Cooking With Chef Chris Sniekus: ‘Lemon Chicken Reprise’ - by Chris Snieckus
  • Out & About: ‘Kenny White & Friends At ‘Nights At The Beekley’ Park - by Maria Moore

Page 5:

  • Out & About: ‘Renovating the Parsonage’, North Congregational Church
  • Brewed & Bottled ’3 Degrees of (Craft Beer) Seperation’ – by Chris Parrott

Page 6:

  • Business News: CHH Receives $9,000 Grant From Big Y, CT Keeps Debit Card Tax Refunds On Back Burner
  • Business Services Section
  • Obituaries: Patricia A. “Pat” Pia, Virginia (Ransom) Butler, Lenore Ehrhardt

Page 7:

  • Op-Ed ‘Where Does Common Sense Fit Into Common Core?’ - by Barth Keck from ctnewsjunkie.com
  • Classifieds

Page 8:

  • Historical Notes ‘Local Theater: The Show Continues On’  – by Anne C. Hall

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The February 14 Issue Of The Independent

The February 14 issue of The (NH+) Independent is available for download. Click on the front-page image below:

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Page 1:

  • Preserving Farming Into The Future
  • Barkhamsted: Special Town Meeting To Consider Establishing Constabulary
  • WPCA Supports 19%-81% Split – by Bob Moore
  • BOF: No Consensus On Debt Split – by Bob Moore

Page 2:

  • Community Calendar

Page 3:

  • Community Notes

Page 4:

  • Cooking With Chef Chris Sniekus
  • Photo Of The Week: Cards For Their Sweethearts – Pleasant Valley Children’s Center – Photo by Maria Moore

Page 5:

  • Out & About: Beating The Winter Blahs – New Hartford Senior Center, Berkshire Hall, Brodie Park – by Maria Moore
  • 5 Things: 5 Ways To Spend Less – Monica Reid

Page 6:

  • Business News: Colavecchio Merits Lifetime Achievement Award; Board of Realtors: Have A Heart Fund Drive
  • Business Services Section
  • Obituaries: Josephine Hinman; Heather M. Dery Hayes

Page 7:

  • What Is PA 490?

Page 8:

  • The Science And Craft Of Farming – by Anne C. Hall

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The February 7 Issue Of The Independent

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Included in the January 31 issue are the following:

Page 1:

  • New Hartford Artist’s Work is Best In Show – by Donna Howard
  • Torrington Water Company Picked For NH Water Ops.
  • Committee Revises Debt Allocation Proposal – by Bob Moore

Page 2:

  • Community Calendar

Page 3:

  • Barkhamsted Board of Selectmen: SRO Memo, Budget Discussed – by Maria Moore
  • WPCA Rejects 25%/75% Split, Reindorses 19%/81% Proposal
  • Pink Out At Regional On Valentine’s Day – by Jaclyn Colombie
  • Community Notes

Page 4:

  • New Hartford Artist Chris Duke: Artwork Samples – by Maria Moore

Page 5:

  • Historical Notes: Frederick P. Gray – The Scientist Among The Poets – by Anne Hall
  • Photo Of The Week: Perfect Day On The Slopes – Photo by Ski Sundown

Page 6:

  • Business News: Torrington Savings Bank Announces Promotion
  • Business Services Section
  • Obituaries: Elizabeth “Betty” Roberge; Mildred Hudson

Page 7:

  • Brewed & Bottled: What’s Your Mantra? – by Chris Parrott
  • Classifieds Section

Page 8:

  • Binoculars At The Ready: The Great Backyard Bird Count Is Almost Here! – by Donna Howard

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