$1.8 million school budget increase proposed for Weston

Weston Schools Superintendent William McKersie is proposing an education operating budget of $51,705,609, an increase of $1,798,088, or 3.60% from the current fiscal year. McKersie made his presentation to the Board of Education at a special meeting on Tuesday, Jan. 16. He said the main reason for the increase is “addressing the financial shortfall in special education.” Approximately $1,616,329, or 90% of the proposed budget increase for the 2018-19 fiscal year is allocated to Special Education and Pupil Services. In the current year, he said, the Weston school district faces $1,402,564 in an out-of-district tuition deficit for Special Education. He … Read more

Weston Schools Superintendent discusses goals, challenges

William McKersie

Weston’s school superintendent, Dr. William McKersie, is convinced that creating global citizens is the district’s highest priority. A global citizen is defined by the district as someone with “the necessary knowledge, skills, attitudes to achieve their personal goals and contribute to society.” In September 2017, McKersie launched a web page outlining how achieving the ultimate vision of creating global citizens can be achieved. The page lists five “goals” that are designed to “cultivate empowered citizens of the global community.” The five goals are “academic excellence,” “digital learning,” “healthy learning environments,” “gauging district progress,” and “resources for learning.” “Global citizenship was … Read more

Weston graduation controversy gets ‘in-tents’

In an effort to save costs, Weston High School announced last week that its annual graduation ceremony will be held in the school gymnasium this year, rather than under an outdoor tent at the school as it has done in the past. But fallout from the tent decision has gotten “intense,” leading to opposition from students in a petition drive. In a letter from Weston Schools Superintendent William McKersie, dated Thursday, Jan. 11, he explained that the cost of holding the graduation ceremony under the tent is more than $20,000. “This includes installation, chair rentals for both inside and outside, … Read more

Weston December home sales are up from last month

Property Transfers

There were 25 home sales in Weston in the month of December, up considerably from the 11 home sales in November. In December, home sales totaled $23.10 million. The average sale price was $918,076, and the median sale price was $855,000. In addition, there was one land sale for $218,500 on Grey Fox Lane. The highest sale price was $1.589 million for a house on North Avenue. That property is partially located in Westport. The lowest sale price was $420,000 for a house on Old Mill Road. Of the 25 homes sold, 13 exceeded the average sales price. A year … Read more

Weston Volunteer Fire Department gives annual awards

The Weston Volunteer Fire Department honored three members for their service at the annual Fire Recognition Dinner on Saturday, Dec. 9. The Firefighter of the Year award went to Mike Zegers, while the President and Chief’s Award went to Steven Ash. A third, special award was given to Gib Shea, a 17-year-old Westonite who dedicates much of his free time to the department. The Firefighter of the Year award is given to a volunteer who has a great impact on the operations of the department. The President and Chief’s Award is given to a member who goes above and beyond … Read more

Weston Planning and Zoning elects new chair

Weston’s Planning and Zoning Commission has appointed Democrat Ken Edgar as its new chairman. At P&Z’s regularly scheduled meeting on Monday, Jan. 8, the group unanimously chose Edgar for the chairman’s position vacated by Tom Failla who was not re-elected in the November municipal election. The commission unanimously voted for Republican Don Saltzman as vice chairman. The current P&Z Commission is composed of Democrats Jane Connolly, Sally Korsh, Harry Falber, and Edgar. Republicans are Britta Lerner, Richard Wolf and Saltzman. The commission also voted for Korsh, an attorney, to be a representative on the legal review committee. The recently formed … Read more

Weston Police Log

Motor vehicle theft A car was stolen from Arrowhead Way in Weston sometime overnight on Friday, Dec. 22, into Saturday Dec. 23. The incident was reported to the police at 9:23 a.m. on Dec. 23. People in the home heard dogs barking overnight but didn’t investigate. According to Weston Police Chief Edwin Henion, the key fob was left in the car overnight. Another car on the property was rummaged through but nothing was stolen. The car, an Audi Q5 sport utility vehicle, was involved on Tuesday, Dec. 26, in an accident with a police cruiser in Westport. Five Waterbury teenagers … Read more

Local group wants Tesla in Connecticut

Some area residents, including Westonite Demetri Spantidos, have started a group hoping to bring Tesla to Connecticut. The Connecticut Tesla Owners Club is the brainchild of Spantidos, Fairfield resident Phil Levieff, and Westport resident Dawn Henry, each the owner of a Tesla automobile. The Tesla car company focuses on sustainable energy. It was founded in 2003 by a group of engineers who wanted to prove that people didn’t need to compromise to drive electric — that electric vehicles can be better, faster and more fun to drive than gasoline cars. In 2008, Tesla launched its Roadster electric vehicle followed by … Read more

Town urges Westonites to stay off snowy roads

Weston’s emergency management director, town Police Officer Joe Miceli is urging Westonites to stay off the roads today if possible. “If you can stay home, stay home,” said Miceli. “The roads are bad and even if they were just plowed the high winds are covering them with snow again very quickly.” As of 12:30 p.m., Miceli said town operations in the storm are “going as well as they could be.” “Our road crews are out there doing their best,” said Miceli, who added there have been a few cars skidding off roads, but no major accidents. “There’s been a few … Read more

Weston selectmen revise maintainer job, make board appointments

Weston’s Board of Selectmen, Brian Gordon, Chris Spaulding and Stephan Grozinger, turn their attention to Town Administrator Jonathan Luiz while discussing hiring policy. — Gregory Menti photo

The Board of Selectmen met in a regular meeting on Thursday, Dec. 21, at Weston Town Hall. The following are among the items discussed and actions taken. Building maintainer The board unanimously approved the temporary hiring of Tony Cobelle as a building maintainer for a term not to exceed 60 days. Cobelle is replacing building maintainer Roy Marsh, who was hired by the selectmen as the Dial-A-Ride van driver. Cobelle is a temporary building maintainer; the town is looking to hire someone to fill the role full-time. The board unanimously approved revisions to the building maintainer job description, so when … Read more

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