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Welcome to the Parent-Teacher Association for Clinton, Connecticut, your local branch of the largest advocacy association in the nation.  The PTA offers parents and teachers a powerful voice to advocate on behalf of every child.  We provide the tools to help your children be safe, healthy and successful in the Clinton Public School System and in life.

Education Budget 2017-18

  • Education Budget – Facts and Figures The Clinton Board of Education Budget Adjusted Approved by the Board of Finance on April 12, 2017 Operating:  Approved 2017-2018 = $32,503,470 Increase of $934,706 or 2.96% BOE started at 5.38% and reduced it to 2.96% Breaking down the increase Medical Insurance makes up 55% of the proposed increase Without the increase in Medical Insurance the increase would be 1.31% Capital Budget:  Approved 2017-2018 ... read more...
  • Budget Referendum Vote May 10 Budget Referendum VOTE Wed May 10th! Town Hall 6-8 pm. These votes are frequently decided by a handful of votes. YOUR VOTE MATTERS!! Remind your family, friends and neighbors to vote!!!! And join us at Town Hall any time during the day to show our unified strength and rally! Out of town on 5/10? Vote ... read more...
  • Thoughts on the Budget Video clips explaining the thoughtful effort that went into the 2017-18 Education Budget. By Board of Education members and the Superintendent and Asst Superintendent of Clinton Public Schools. Please take just a few minutes to listen to one or two of these to appreciate how much work has gone into presenting a responsible budget. read more...
  • Take Care of Things – by Bill McKeown We moved to Clinton when we retired, because Clinton is a good town with a good community. Because we are retired and live on a fixed income, some organized groups would like you to think we oppose the town budget. Through whatever means they can find, they spend a lot of time and effort trying to drum up opposition to the work of the neighbors we elect to serve Clinton. No, we retired people do not oppose ... read more...
  • A Way to Invest – by Aidan Moran It seems that every year as we approach budget season, people keep comparing our town and education budgets to those of corporations. I would like to point out that when these comparisons are made, there’s far too much focus on the cost or overhead side of the equation, and not enough discussion given to the future investment side. There is hardly a corporation in the land that does not have a sales and marketing team ... read more...
  • So Many Reasons – by Jim Curtis There are so many reasons why public education is vital to the success of our community and our entire society. First of all, education reduces costs to taxpayers. For every dollar spent providing excellent schooling, future savings are realized when a thriving citizen contributes financially and socially to society. He or she is not in need of remedial interventions and services later on. Public schools also foster interaction, cooperation, and understanding among people from different ... read more...
  • Has Paid Dividends – by Tim Guerra As an interested and active member of the Clinton community, I took the opportunity to attend last week’s public hearing regarding Clinton’s Town Budget. I am confident that the boards and commissions, especially the police and Board of Education, examined thoroughly all aspects of their budgets and made sound decisions. Tough decisions and difficult cuts had to be made and were. I am pleased that the Board of Finance returned dollars to the police budget ... read more...
  • Take Care of our Own – by Gregory and Melissa Mitko More than 20 years ago we chose Clinton as our home because of the people who live here. Clintonians are authentic and true of spirit and take care of each other in times of need. We need to invest sagely with an eye to the future in order to maintain the integrity of our community. Clinton is blessed with rare gifts. We’re a suburb of New Haven, Hartford, and New London. We have public access to ... read more...
  • Carrying this Burden – by Kim Buckley Nelson Mandela once said, “There can be no keener revelation of a society’s soul than the way in which it treats its children.” In a time in which economic disparities grow, and the achievement gap in Connecticut continues as one of the widest in the country, Mandela’s message resonates as we decide how to treat Clinton’s children at the budget referendum on May 10. People often compare Clinton to surrounding communities, so let’s look at the ... read more...
  • Honest Budgeting – by Peter Nye The padded budget strategy is a thing of the past, at least for now. I am describing a budgeting strategy that involves a modestly beefed-up budget with a few expanded programs and worst-case scenarios built in in order to avoid any painful cuts following a loss at referendum. As disingenuous as this might seem, the voting mentality that created it is equally abusive. Padded budgets combat the portion of the population who each year vote “No” ... read more...
  • Let’s Stay Competitive – by Christine Goupil Clinton Public Schools and our students are a key asset to our community. The Clinton Public Schools administration and the Board of Education have strived to create a comprehensive curriculum that empowers our students. They are focused on being fiscally responsible and making sure our tax dollars stay in the classroom. Our teachers provide quality education that will continue to rise with technology integration to help us compete with other school districts. This creates a level playing ... read more...
  • The Value is Immeasurable – by Andrea Salvin Clinton has been my home for 48 years. It was a wonderful place for my children to grow up and be educated. Everyone who resides in this town, or owns property in Clinton, pays taxes toward the children’s education. No matter where we all came from, someone paid taxes for our public education so we could grow into responsible adults, and as responsible adults, we owe it to the children of Clinton to do the same. I ... read more...
  • Made the Hard Choices – by Mary Jo Phelps As hard as it is for me to believe, my daughter will graduate from The Morgan School in a little more than two months, which means that in September my husband and I will be empty nesters. I am so grateful for the excellent education that has prepared my children so well for college, and to the taxpayers of Clinton who have supported that education. It really doesn’t seem that long ago that my son, now ... read more...

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Upcoming Events:

  • Career Night for Morgan & Eliot Students – Tue Apr 18, 7-9pm – Morgan Cafe Morgan & Eliot students! Join us for CAREER NIGHT to explore careers! Meet with over 50 professionals from a wide variety of fields including Science, IT, Arts, Law, Trades, Education, Social Work, Medicine and many more. Some include: Advertising – Amy Carse Architect – Peggy Sullivan Book Publisher – Max Phelps College Professors – Kathleen Skoczen and Meredith Adler Early Childhood Education – Coralie Williams Educational ... read more...
  • Cultivating Leadership, Self-Esteem and Confidence: May 17, 2017 -

Recent Guest Speakers/Events/Topics:

  • CANCELLED – Suicide Awareness Voices of Education “SAVE” – CANCELLED This event cancelled due to weather concerns – we will try to re-schedule it for the Fall Suicide is the 3rd leading cause of death for 15-24 yr. old Americans (CDC). SAVE is one of the nation’s first organizations dedicated to the prevention of suicide. Through raising public awareness, educating communities, and equipping every person with the ...
  • Parenting Today for a Successful Tomorrow – Feb 13, 2017 – WATCH PARENTING TODAY FOR A SUCCESSFUL TOMORROW Developing Capable Children & Young Adults Join us for a roundtable discussion of these topics: Utilizing Discipline & Logical Consequences Providing Worthwhile Experiences & Enrichment Supporting an Effective Home/School Connection Knowing Your Place in Your Child’s Education Balancing Compliments with Constructive Criticism Encouraging Independence & Responsibility Common Pitfalls & Problem-Solving Katherine Bruch McCollom, MS Ed.: Katie has served as an elementary ...
  • The Mask You Live In – Film and Discussion – Wed, Jan 25, 6pm – Board of Ed Conf Room A candid and powerful film following boys and young men as they struggle to stay true to themselves while negotiating America’s narrow definition of masculinity. This FREE presentation is geared toward the following adult audience:  Parents, Relatives, Coaches, Teachers, Clergy, Community Members who interact with boys of all ages. Light supper will be served… Please RSVP to Andrea Kaye ...