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Opinion: Why Parents Are Leaving Amity

Opinion: Why Parents Are Leaving Amity

Toxic Culture, Weak Leadership, and Declining Education Last month, I published data directly from the Amity Board of Education on the accelerating declines in enrollment at Amity. I then sought out the people behind the data to find out exactly why so many families are leaving, and received more than 7...
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Amity Board of Education News – 12/16/22

Amity Board of Education News – 12/16/22

Chair’s Report Each month the Board receives numerous communications expressing concerns, asking questions, making suggestions, and offering help and support.  I believe it important to address some of these issues as part of our regular Board agenda.  To begin with I wanted to clarify a statement made...
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‘Tis The Season for Spreading Hope and Joy

‘Tis The Season for Spreading Hope and Joy

The Peck Place School is getting into the season by doing good deeds for others.  Students and staff participated in two worthwhile events throughout the month of December. Their focus was to spread hope and joy to others in need. On December 9, The Peck Place School participated in PJ Day for Kids spon...
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Holly Hill Childcare Teaches the Meaning of Giving

Holly Hill Childcare Teaches the Meaning of Giving

The true meaning of Thanksgiving was surely evident at Holly Hill Childcare and Learning Center.  Thanks to the children and parents of the center, along with generous donations from town residents, 13 baskets were created and given to families and the elderly who otherwise would not be able to partake...
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Orange Pre-School Blind Lottery

“Limited Openings” for 2023-24 Community Peer/Tuition Based Program The Orange Elementary School System is now accepting names for the “Blind Lottery” for the 2023-2024 Preschool Program at Mary L. Tracy School.  Our Special Education/General Education integrated preschool is looking for three- and four...
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School Board Fetes Volunteer Extraordinaire

School Board Fetes Volunteer Extraordinaire

Beth Cohen – one of the two Bs in B&B Transportation – recently retired from the position of bus route coordinator for the town and BOWA district (Bethany, Orange, Woodbridge and Amity). “We must remember that for most of our students the school day begins and ends with a bus ride, but have you ever...
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Coast Guard Visits Peck Place School

Coast Guard Visits Peck Place School

Students at The Peck Place School (PPS) were treated to a visit from the U.S. Coast Guard (USCG).  The USCG Aids to Navigation Team Long Island Sound planned interactive stations for the students.  They were able to climb aboard the boat, practice throwing the rescue line, and learned the proper way to...
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Amity Board Chair Reflects on Budget Issues

On Thursday June 9, 2022, two months prior to my election as ABOE Chair, I appeared before the Orange Board of Selectmen as a private citizen with questions related to the return of unexpended funds by the regional school district to the three towns.  After reading four months of critical articles about...
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