On January 12 all registered Torrington Democrats are invited to meet at a caucus to nominate a new town committee which will begin a two year term in March. We are looking for Democrats who are willing to work hard and bring their skills and talents to elect Democrats in 2012 and beyond. Serving on the town committee can be a very rewarding and enjoyable experience. If you are interested in serving or have a question about the caucus or any other issue, please feel free to contact us. Please go to the "Contact Us" webpage. Thanks!
After attending many Board of Education and committee meetings for the past three months, I was finally able to officially sit on as a full board member this past Wednesday night at the Board of Education meeting at 7pm at the Torrington High School. Prior to the meeting, a School Capacity Presentation Workshop was held where Director of Student and Professional Services William Joslyn explained the pros and cons of closing a school and/or reconfiguring the grade and middle schools. Ultimately, it appears as though the district is better served with the schools remaining where and how they are currently structured.
Also at the meeting we elected new officers to the board. Ken Traub was elected Chairman, David Oliver was re-elected Vice Chairman, and Torrington Democratic Town Committee member Ellen Hoehne was elected Secretary. I look forward to working under this great leadership. We then recognized many of the teachers, schools, and students in our district for their varied accomplishments.
We also approved at the meeting the Online Learning Policy. I am incredibly excited about this new program as it offers credit recovery through supervised online instruction to high school students who have lost credits. I hope that after the demonstrated success of this program, we will be able to offer more online learning opportunities to more students. Currently, six states require a portion of their high school curriculum to be taught online. Also, more and more colleges and universities are offering online courses, including Yale, UCONN, and MIT to name a few.
Board of Education
This month the Charter Revision Commission will narrow down the number of
proposed changes to the City Charter. There have been twelve recommended
changes, and each member has been asked to narrow down their preferences to
four or five. In January the commission is expected to vote on changes to go
before the voters and then work on a presentation in support of them.
The Fireworks Committee is also well on its way to firming up the Fourth of July
celebration which will be held on July 5th. The committee is working on a
fundraising plan to ensure the greatest number of fireworks and the best
celebration possible without using taxpayer dollars.
The Ordinance subcommittee of the City Council is considering ordinances to
strengthen anti- blight rules, prevent shopping carts from littering our streets and
allow alcohol to be sold at Fuessenich Park. The City Council would hold a public
hearing on these proposed changes.
I wish everyone a very Merry Christmas and a Happy and Healthy New Year.
Torrington City Councilor
Moving Torrington Forward