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Eager Return

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Students at Greens Farms Elementary School appeared eager to return to classes today as Westport schools opened for the first day of school. Superintendent of Schools Colleen Palmer said this year’s enrollment was 5,528, down 32 from last year. (CLICK TO ENLARGE) Dave Matlow for WestportNow.com

New Long Lots Principal Welcomes Students

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The new principal of Long Lots Elementary School, Debra Dunn, welcomes students today along with Peter Barcello (l) head custodian, and Ryan Butler, security manager. Dunn, formerly schools superintendent of the York, Maine public schools, had earlier served as an elementary school principal in Massachusetts. She replaces Jeffrey Golubchick, who was removed and placed on administrative leave in February while an interim principal finished out the school year. (CLICK TO ENLARGE) Dave Matlow for WestportNow.com

8-Year-Old Tells Police: ‘I Feel Unsafe in Westport’

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On the eve of the opening of Westport schools, Westport Police today released a note from a Westport 8-year-old complaining that he feels unsafe in Westport because he has seen many speeders and saying “I just feel like you can do better.” In a social media post, police implored drivers: “If you won’t listen to us slow down, listen to an 8-year-old so he can walk to school again.” (CLICK TO ENLARGE) Westport Police photo

Palmer: Enrollment Down Slightly, Preschool to Open at Staples in January

Superintendent of Schools Colleen Palmer said tonight Westport schools will open Thursday with slightly fewer students than last year. 

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Colleen Palmer: “Active, vibrant preschool” set. Dave Matlow / WN file photo

She also announced the January opening of the Little Wrecker Preschool at Staples High School as well as the selection of the 2018 Teacher of the Year.

Addressing the year’s first Board of Education meeting, Palmer said kindergarten through 12th grade enrollment stands at 5,528, down 32 students from last fall as expected by demographic projections.

She also broke news that the Little Wreckers Preschool will open at Staples in January. It will be open daily from 7 a.m. “until the last teacher meeting in the afternoon,” Palmer said.

BOE Gives Back Unspent $390K to Town

By James Lomuscio

In its first meeting of the 2017-18 academic year, Westport’s Board of Education tonight voted 5 to 1 to give back $390,000 of its unspent funds to the town and to put $327,075 of its unused money into its carryover account.

The return was requested by Schools Superintendent Colleen Palmer as “an act of good faith” to the town. She said it would help to build a strong partnership with the town, which had shown the school system support by providing the money at the end of the school year.

Her request was met with some resistance.

“I think we should put it all in the carryover account,” said Mark Mathias, calling the account “a mitigating tool for uncertainty,

Bedford Middle School Teacher Named 2018 Teacher of Year

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Courtney Ruggiero, an eighth grade social studies teacher at Bedford Middle School, is Westport’s 2018 Teacher of the Year. Her selection was made public at a staff convocation earlier today and was announced tonight by Superintendent of Schools Colleen Palmer at a Board of Education meeting. Ruggiero, 32, has taught at Bedford since 2009. A 2003 graduate of Bates College, she earned a Master’s at Brown University and a sixth year degree at Sacred Heart University. (CLICK TO ENLARGE) Contributed photo