More students than anticipated are attending Easton, Redding, Region 9 schools this year. The Redding Pilot reports that while the 2,700 students total a bit less than last year, it's more than was projected--by several dozen. A kindergarten class has been added to both Easton and Redding schools in order to to keep class size in the high teens. Redding has a new principal, Natalie Hammond, who was a team teacher leader Sandy Hook Elementary School.
Most districts in the area opened today. That includes Bethel, Brookfield, Easton/Redding/Region 9, New Fairfield, New Milford, and Region 14/Woodbury/Bethlehem.
In New Fairfield, Sarah McLain retired as principal of Meeting House Hill School after more than two decades in the community. James Mandracchia, the former assistant principal, is the new principal. Replacing him is Allyson Story. She helped found and serves as chairperson for the Newtown Education Foundation. As a classroom teacher, Story worked in Wilton. She is a certified trainer for the Center of Responsive Schools, providing training for teachers across the nation in the practices of Responsive Classroom.