We have a couple "Letters to the Editor" to deliver to you today, so without further ado, here goes:
SEF SPELLING SUCCESS
Once again the Southington community has spelled success for its students through amazing support of the .
With 81 participants yielding from all segments of the community and corporate sponsorship from on Meriden-Waterbury Turnpike, nearly $10,000 was raised. That money will be used to better the education experiences of our public school students here in Southington.
Congratulations to Totally Dominant Bank Spellers' team, of Rick Veilleux, Rosemary DeFeo, and Kelly Steffans, who took home the trophy and bragging rights for a year.
The SEF also appreciates Bee Master Joe Furey, of FOX 61 News, and all attendees and participants who donated non-perishable food items to Bread for Life.
The more than $75,000 that the SEF has disseminated to our Southington classrooms is made possible through various fundraisers like the spelling bee and our largest community event, Fan of the Foundation, which is scheduled this year for Oct. 5. Please save the date!
We are truly lucky in Southington to have such dedicated, professional educators who yearn to provide creative, enriching programming to our students. In conjunction with the SEF and its mission to instill a love of learning in every child, teachers have a means to do so. And with the continued support of residents and businesses alike, the possibilities are infinite and success boundless.
To keep up-to-date on all SEF happenings, visit our website at southingtoneducation.org or like us on Facebook.
Dawn A. Miceli
Southington Education Foundation Chairwoman
REACTING TO "VOODOO ECONOMICS"
Our Town Council chair was quoted in the April 27 Record-Journal as stating that Phil Pomposi's statement at the Public Hearing that there were tax increases of 14.5% for some taxpayers was Voodoo Economics and that Phil was "way off base."
The chair was also "stunned that somebody formerly on the Board of Finance would take that stance."
Well, Mr. Pocock according to Brian Lastra, the if you live on Rahlene your increase was 17.10 percent; on Winding Ridge your increase was 38 percent with similar increases on Pepperidge Drive of 14 percent and more elsewhere throughout town. So, how about considering the plight of other Southington residents?
Phil Pomposi had it right. Moreover, simple logic should prevail when it comes to new hires on the Town side as opposed to teacher fall-out on the BOE side. How can you justify three new hires for the town when the BOE is complaining they don't have enough funds to simply hold constant the number of teachers they have?
As the Town Council deliberates what to do about the budget the Republican majority of the Board of Finance put before them, these issues deserve serious consideration. I voted against this budget because I believe the Board of Finance's job is to consider ALL residents, not just a few.
Member of the Board of Finance
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