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FALLS VILLAGE — The Falls Village Board of Finance and the Board of Selectmen voted to go ahead with two matters concerning the Region One School District at their regular meetings Monday, Sept. 9.

The first is to support the regional Board of Education in exploring the appointment of a part-time superintendent serving the Lee H. Kellogg School exclusively.

Region One is made up of the elementary schools for Cornwall, North Canaan, Kent, Salisbury, Sharon and Falls Village (the Kellogg School). All six towns share the regional high school, which is also in Falls...

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Housatonic student of the week

The Lakeville Journal congratulates the honorees of the student of the week program at Housatonic Valley Regional High School.
FALLS VILLAGE — Imagine leaving behind your world — your friends, your family and your community — and venturing to a new country where you know absolutely no one. Now imagine doing that when you are 17 years old. For our exchange students, coming to America for up to a year is a tremendous achievement in itself. The level of comfort that Xavier Quintilla has attained in these surroundings, however, is an entirely different accomplishment.

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Principal: New program a step up from AP

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FALLS VILLAGE — Housatonic Valley Regional High School Principal Matt Harnett had information on programs for top students at the high school. He presented it to the Region One Board of Education during the regular monthly meeting Monday, April 2.
Harnett was responding to a request for information from board members, stemming from a discussion of special education.

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Regional board to prepare fact sheet on budget

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FALLS VILLAGE — At the regular monthly meeting Monday, April 2, the Region One Board of Education voted 4-1 to ask Region One Business Manager Sam Herrick to put together a budget fact sheet to give to taxpayers prior to the May 8 referendum on the Region One budget.
Herrick had a handout ready for the board for the meeting, but what board Chairman Phil Hart had in mind was possibly a document with information and voting times. Hart said any fact sheet would be “nonpromotional.”

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Concerns over Region One contracts at public hearing

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FALLS VILLAGE — The Region One Board of Education voted to approve (for a May 8 referendum vote) both the Region One budget proposal for 2012-13 and a bond issue for three construction projects at Housatonic Valley Regional High School.
The vote came after a public hearing Wednesday, April 4, at the high school.
About 13 members of the public were at the hearing, the bulk of which concerned the $3,594,900 bond issue for roof repair, a heating upgrade and compliance with the Americans with Disabilities Act.

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Building projects included in Region One referendum

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FALLS VILLAGE — This year’s referendum vote (May 8) on the Region One budget includes a question about a bond issue for three construction projects at Housatonic Valley Regional High School. At the public hearing on the Region One budget proposal Wednesday, April 4, architect Al Jacunski (from Jacunski Humes of Berlin) was on hand to explain the three projects.
New roof

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A beauty, a beast, a play

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FALLS VILLAGE — The Falls Village Children’s Theater production of “Beauty and the Beast” played to packed houses at Housatonic Valley Regional High School last weekend.
Mairead Hodgkins starred as Belle opposite Alex Pecha as the Beast and Kyler Hall as Gaston, with strong support from the cast.
Elijah Stone was solid as Lefou, Gaston’s confidant and cheerleader. The “Gaston” number, featuring Gaston, Lefou and the Silly Girls, was a crowd-pleaser.

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Comments for and against pay raises in Region One

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FALLS VILLAGE — The Region One Board of Education was divided on contract extensions and pay raises for top administrators at a special meeting Wednesday, March 28.
The board did vote to approve the 2012-13 proposed budget, including the administrative contracts, and to send it on to a public hearing Wednesday, April 4.
The vote was 4-2, with Chairman Phil Hart (Cornwall), Scooter Tedder (Salisbury), Vice Chairman Jonathan Moore (Kent) and Laura Freund (North Canaan) voting yes and Gale Toensing (Falls Village) and Marilyn Yerks (Sharon) voting no.
‘Extremely pleased’

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Glow sticks, telescope guides at Invention Convention

FALLS VILLAGE — Middle-school students at the Lee H. Kellogg School presented their invention ideas to a panel of judges at the school’s Invention Convention on Thursday, March 29.
Thirty-eight students in grades five through eight began an invention project in January. They identified a problem that could be solved, then went through the steps of designing, building, testing and revising invention ideas until they had a final prototype.
The 10 judges included local inventors, artists, librarians, science and math professionals and Board of Education members.

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Home repair grants offered

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FALLS VILLAGE — The Northwestern Connecticut Planning Collaborative is working on an application for the state’s Regional Housing Rehabilitation Loan Program. Jocelyn Ayer of the collaborative spoke to the Salisbury Affordable Housing Commission earlier this month about the program.
Ayer said the grants are for homeowners who need costly repairs for their homes to remain affordable.
She said the interest-free loans are essentially liens, to be repaid when the property is sold.

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Small-district penalty dropped from the education bill

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FALLS VILLAGE — A meeting with state Rep. Roberta Willis (D-64) and state Sen. Andrew Roraback (R-30) about education reform proposals was a little anti-climactic.
The meeting Tuesday, March 27, with the legislators and about 40 citizens was held at Housatonic Valley Regional High School, and was supposed to focus on an item in Gov. Dannel P. Malloy’s education reform proposal that would have penalized school districts with under 1,000 students as part of an effort to promote regionalization.

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