Ansonia Budget

GUEST COLUMN: Cassetti’s Budget ‘Effectively Closes’ Ansonia Library

by The Ansonia Library Board Of Directors | GUEST COLUMN | Feb 15, 2017 8:59 pm

FILEDo 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.

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Cassetti: City Will Honor School Donations

by GUEST COLUMN | David S. Cassetti | Jul 8, 2016 12:03 pm

John Marini, Ansonia’s corporation counsel, sent the following statement on behalf of Mayor David Cassetti Friday (July 8).

I respect the Board of Education’s stance on the solicitation letter sent in support of Ansonia schools. 

However, I also stand by the importance of charitable giving and its ability to relieve residents of involuntary tax increases. 

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Ansonia School Board: We Didn’t Send That Letter

by GUEST COLUMN | Ansonia Board Of Education | Jul 8, 2016 10:13 am

Ansonia Schools Superintendent Carol Merlone sent the following letter on behalf of the Board of Education Friday morning. Click here to read a previous story with some background.

Dear Residents of Ansonia:

Unfortunately, as you are already aware, a solicitation letter titled “Go the Extra Mile For Ansonia Schools” was included in your annual tax bill. Neither the Board of Education nor the Superintendent ever reviewed the letter or gave the City of Ansonia or its representatives the permission to send this letter out.

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Four Teachers To Be Laid Off In Ansonia

by Ethan Fry | Jun 2, 2016 9:16 pm

FILEAnsonia’s school board finalized a $31,260,484 budget Wednesday that will result in four layoffs.

A total of 9 positions were eliminated districtwide, school officials said, but employees in many of them were reassigned to other jobs that were open due to attrition.

Meanwhile school sports — which school administrators had said were on the chopping block — will be funded fully after Mayor David Cassetti promised about $200,000 more to the school system than what was allocated by Aldermen last week.

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Ansonia Budget Carries Slight Tax Decrease, School Impact TBD

by Ethan Fry | May 24, 2016 10:43 pm

Ansonia Aldermen on Tuesday passed a $64,128,369 budget for next year that will decrease taxes slightly and provide an increase of about $1 million for the city’s schools.

The 8-4 vote came after a public hearing during which an overwhelming majority of speakers asked the Aldermen to give the schools more money than the $750,000 increase envisioned in a “tentative” budget approved last week.

But the Board of Education requested a total of roughly $2 million in new funding — and school officials said after Tuesday’s meeting that they’ll have to make cuts, though they couldn’t say exactly where.

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LIVE VIDEO: Ansonia Talks School Threat, Budget

by Ethan Fry | May 24, 2016 1:15 pm

At 7 p.m. tonight, Ansonia officials are scheduled to update the public about a threatening post that closed schools today.

Immediately after the update, the city’s Aldermen will meet to conduct a public hearing on the 2016-2017 budget, then discuss the budget.

Schools Superintendent Carol Merlone announced Tuesday afternoon that schools will reopen Wednesday.

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Athletics Could Be Eliminated In Ansonia Schools, Admins Say

by STAFF | May 23, 2016 3:06 pm

Ansonia school district leaders said they will be forced to cut sports and lay off teachers if the city budget is adopted as is.

“I hate to do this, but we are going to have to eliminate our sports program,” Ansonia Schools Superintendent Carol Merlone said.

Merlone and Assistant Superintendent Michael Wilson made the announcement regarding athletics Monday during an interview on “Navel Gazing,” the Valley Indy’s podcast.

The interview is posted in its entirety below.

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Ansonia Aldermen Vote For ‘Tentative’ Tax Cut, Admins Say Schools Will Suffer

by Ethan Fry | May 20, 2016 6:57 am

Ansonia Aldermen Thursday voted 7-4 to set a “tentative” $63,897,275 budget for next year that would lower taxes slightly.

The spending plan will be the subject of a public hearing — and then, possible changes — at a meeting 7 p.m. Tuesday (May 24).

Teachers, administrators and parents Thursday urged the Aldermen to allocate more money for Ansonia schools, saying veteran school leaders are leaving the district at an alarming rate and that the budget as is will do heavy damage to the city’s school system.

The Valley Indy streamed the meeting live on the web.

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GUEST COLUMN: Ansonia City Hall Should Economize, Not Schools

by Saleh Hanaif | GUEST COLUMN | May 16, 2016 8:43 am

Six years ago, I volunteered at my daughter, Medina’s, kindergarten class at Prendergast Elementary School. I had the honor and privilege of meeting her dedicated and hardworking teacher, Mrs. Pozucek, who went above and beyond in her role as a teacher.

During recess time, I was getting to know some of the teachers and staff and learned that so many of our teachers, who owe astronomical amounts on their students loans, were doing so much to financially support our children out of their own pockets.

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