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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

  • Public Hearing on Budget Reductions – May 17, 7pm, Town Hall Auditorium Wed May 17, 7:00 pm: The Board of Finance holds a public hearing on the proposed town and education budget reductions at Town Hall. Please attend to voice your support. Every voice counts! If you can’t make it, email your comments to BOF chair Jack Scherban at JScherban@clintonct.org NOW! He will read them into the minutes at ... read more...
  • 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...
  • A Scare Tactic – by Laura Colebank As a result of the May 10 Clinton referendum, the Clinton Board of Education (BOE) is faced with cutting another one percent—$325,034—out of the Education Operating Budget. The BOE had already cut more than $700,000, chopping the original proposed increase from 5.38 to 2.96 percent. Contractual costs were the driving factors, primarily medical insurance increases (including unusually high claims). The BOE made difficult decisions to cut 13 positions (12 academic) and high school programs. These ... read more...
  • Be a Part of Something – by Alan Felgate I voted on May 10 because I am a father who cares deeply that my children, and your children, get the education they deserve. I voted because I am a member of the Clinton community. My wife Christine Goupil and I have chosen Clinton in which to raise our family. We chose Clinton because we believe it is a hidden gem. We dedicate our time and energy to making this community—our community—a better place. We contribute. ... read more...
  • Invest in our Future – by Al Walker I voted “Yes” on both the education and town budgets at Clinton’s Budget Referendum May 10. I voted “Yes.” I voted “Yes” for budgets that were thoughtfully prepared by fellow taxpayers. I voted “Yes” to support what I believe are critical services and improvements to our town. I voted “Yes” to invest in my town and in our future. Many residents are not aware that these budget referendums are held every May, or they just don’t ... read more...
  • What Zero Increase Means – by Catherine Staunton During the budget season, many facts and figures are thrown around about the education budget—some to scare us, some to impress us—but I hope folks do their research and base their vote on real facts. Years ago our district was accused of having one of the highest cost per pupil expenses of any town in the area. Now it appears we have the lowest. Neither is good, obviously. We have a district in which our schools ... read more...
  • Do Not Leave Them Out – by Artie Smith If the budget doesn’t pass on May 10, sports programs in Clinton could very likely become “pay to play.” How can this be an option under consideration in order to pass an education budget? It is because the budget has been slashed already prior to even heading into this vote. Many programs have already been cut. The benefits of sports program in the Clinton schools are too many to list. Sports programs benefit Clinton’s children both ... read more...
  • Not an Opening Bid – by Coralie Williams Some Clinton voters think the budgets as presented are opening bids and can always be cut. Reality is, the cuts have been made. The boards of Education, Selectmen, and Finance have made significant cuts and sacrifices already. They’ve done their jobs and have presented fiscally responsible town and education budgets. Now it is our job to support them and pass the budgets. We could be the town of “No,” and then see what happens. What are ... read more...
  • Know the Numbers – by Kathy Tessman I encourage your readers to join me in voting “Yes” to the Clinton education budget on May 10. Your readers will hear a lot of numbers related to taxes, mill rates, expenses, and revenues. But, if they value education in Clinton, I hope they’ll take the time to know the numbers. This year the Board of Ed was faced with a significant challenge of rising health insurance rates due to claims history. In order to ... read more...
  • Absolute Due Diligence – by Annaliese Spaziano As a mother of two children attending Clinton public schools as well as chair of the Clinton Board of Education (BOE), I stand firmly behind the proposed BOE budget. The BOE’s goal is to offer our students the best education possible while maintaining fiscal responsibility to our taxpayers. This can be a daunting task. The history of our budget process is so important when advocating for community support. My hope is that by providing a context ... read more...
  • Begins and Ends with Education – by Valerie Nye A vibrant community reflects its investment in education. As any competent realtor will tell you, one of the most crucial research topics done by families looking for a home is the public school system. Families compare the offerings, activities, and facilities of surrounding towns. If a town is proven to support and maintain its schools, the demand for the homes in that town increase. As any economist will tell you, high demand increases the value of ... read more...
  • Tremendous Potential – by Andrea Reu Why do Clinton taxpayers support education? Dan Vece served eight years on our Board of Selectmen, and as first selectman from 1972 to 1978, fought at Iwo Jima and is in the Connecticut Veterans Hall of Fame; he’s a graduate of The Morgan School, 1949. Jefferson Mays—stage, film, and TV actor and Tony Award winner—is a graduate of The Morgan School, 1973. David Pittsinger, internationally renowned operatic bass-baritone, graduated The Morgan School in 1980. Dana Nelson, ... 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...

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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 ...