by State Sen. George Logan | GUEST COLUMN | Feb 21, 2017 9:26 pm | Comments (0)
State Sen. George Logan wrote the following letter in response to a letter from Ansonia Mayor David Cassetti.
I share Ansonia Mayor David S. Cassetti’s passion for making certain that Ansonia gets treated equitably by the State of Connecticut in the area of public education funding.
By now, we know that Gov. Dannel P. Malloy’s budget proposal shortchanges Ansonia and towns across Connecticut.
by State Rep. Linda Gentile | GUEST COLUMN | Feb 21, 2017 7:00 pm | Comments (0)
State Rep. Linda Gentile wrote the following letter in response to a letter from Ansonia Mayor David Cassetti.
Dear Mayor Cassetti:
Thank you for your letter regarding school funding. Please allow me to respond.
by Lorie Vaccaro | GUEST COLUMN | Feb 21, 2017 4:56 pm | Comments (0)
As an Ansonia resident and elected official, I find it absolutely appalling that we could be facing cuts to our historic library. But if something is not done about the astonishingly high cost of public education in our city than we face a future of continually cutting services or constantly raising taxes.
by GUEST COLUMN | Ansonia Mayor David Cassetti | Feb 21, 2017 4:55 pm | Comments (0)
The following letter was sent by Ansonia Mayor David Cassetti to state Sen. George Logan and state Rep. Linda Gentile Tuesday. The mayor’s office forwarded a copy to the Valley Indy.
Dear Representative Gentile and Senator Logan:
Ansonia can no longer wait for fair and equitable public education funding. I am writing to you to demand that immediate action be taken on behalf of our students and taxpayers.
by GUEST COLUMN | Feb 21, 2017 4:51 pm | Comments (0)
Editor’s note: The Valley Indy asked the Ansonia school district for clarification after reading the first paragraph of a guest column submitted by the Ansonia Town Democratic Committee.
Interim Business Administer Frank Connolly sent the following response. Please note the Indy did not provide the district with town committee’s letter before it was published.
by The Ansonia Democratic Town Committee | Feb 21, 2017 4:49 pm | Comments (0)
In May 2016, a couple hundred residents turned out to the Ansonia High School auditorium to voice their concern over the proposed budget from public officials, which would short change the Board of Education’s budget request by several million dollars and risk cutting school programs. Despite the concern of residents about the state of their school system, Board of Aldermen with the Mayor’s guidance voted to pass the underfunded school budget. It’s half a year later now and as it turns out, the schools really did need that money, and they are operating at approximately $1.6 million deficit,*** which the city will need to somehow pay for. The question is, where is this money going to come from? In order to put this in context it’s important to take a good look at the city’s finances.
by GUEST COLUMN | Ansonia Mayor David Cassetti | Feb 16, 2017 11:09 pm | Comments (0)
Most Ansonia residents will find the cuts to the Ansonia Public Library in the proposed 2017-2018 budget absurd, and I couldn’t agree more. To face any scenario where library hours could be cut – even a “worst case scenario” – is infuriating.
Yet the need to contemplate such a reduction in services evidences just how absurd the rising costs of public education are in Ansonia and similar towns, and how utterly irresponsible and neglectful the State of Connecticut has been in failing to fairly fund its most distressed school districts.
by Ethan Fry | Feb 16, 2017 8:33 pm | Comments (0)
Ansonia Mayor David Cassetti has proposed a budget to Aldermen he hopes they don’t have to pass.
The $63 million spending plan for 2017-2018 keeps taxes level but contains a number of painful cuts that the mayor said will be avoided only if the city receives more education funding from the state.
by STAFF | Feb 16, 2017 6:37 am | Comments (0)
The annual school budget process in Ansonia has kicked of a new spirit of cooperation among Aldermen and the schools, administrators from Ansonia Public Schools said Wednesday while taping “Navel Gazing,” the Valley Indy’s weekly talk show.
by The Ansonia Library Board Of Directors | GUEST COLUMN | Feb 15, 2017 7:59 pm | Comments (0)
Do YOU want to live in a city without a library?
The mayor’s proposed budget for the 2017-2018 year eliminates the entire full-time staff and effectively closes the Ansonia Library. The possibility that this could happen is upsetting at the very least, but in reality, it is devastating to the future of our city.