Dr. Bryan Luizzi

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‘I Do Not Understand’: Citing Coach’s Drug Arrest, Resident Seeks Info from Board of Ed on Allowing Police K-9 Dog in NCHS

Citing the recent arrest of a New Canaan High School coach after authorities found him to be in possession of 20 bags of heroin, a prominent resident on Monday night urged district officials to rethink their policy on K-9 sweeps at the Farm Road building. Chris Hussey told members of the Board of Education at their regular meeting (see video above at 2:30) that she learned about one year ago that in order for the New Canaan Police Department’s K-9 dog to come to the school, “they had to give the school notification.”

“I said I didn’t understand that,” Hussey said at the school board meeting, held in the Wagner Room at NCHS. “The idea, i would think, is surprise. He [Superintendent of Schools Dr. Bryan Luizzi] was going to speak to the chief and get back to me. We never got together. Continue Reading →

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Superintendent Calls for ‘Review of Every Coach in Our Program’ Following Revelation That Arrested Man’s Coaching Permit Had Expired

The New Canaan High School basketball assistant coach whose employment with the district ended following his arrest last weekend on multiple drug charges had been working for New Canaan Public Schools even though his state coaching certification had expired, Connecticut Department of Education records show. Jose Amor’s five-year interscholastic/intramural coach permit had been issued Nov. 20, 2012, according to the state’s database, and expired Nov. 19, 2017. The NCHS boys varsity basketball season opened Dec. Continue Reading →

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Board of Ed To Form Its Own ‘Headquarters Committee’ To Study, Recommend Future Location

The Board of Education on Monday moved toward forming a new subcommittee that will be charged with researching and making recommendations about a future location for New Canaan Public Schools’ offices. Composed of three or more school board members, the ‘BOE Headquarters Special Committee’ will work with architects and builders, investigate the needs and uses of similar “high performing district” BOE headquarters and “review past facilities studies performed for the New Canaan Public Schools,” according to a description that the Board of Ed reviewed at its regular meeting on Monday night. School board member Brendan Hayes said that as municipal officials think about what to do with town-owned buildings “and the number of possible locations of the Board of Ed, it makes a ton of sense for us to study it and really outline for the town as far as space goes and the type of space and access and things like that.”

“And really work with town collaboratively to make sure that if there is an opportunity to save money through relocating the Board of Ed offices that we take that opportunity,” Hayes said during the meeting, held in the Wagner Room at New Canaan High School. It isn’t clear which board members will serve on the committee. The Board of Ed read through a description and Chair Dionna Carlson said the group could take up a formal vote to form the committee at its next meeting. Continue Reading →

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Board of Ed Votes 9-0 To Reduce Student Instructional Days by One To Preserve Friday, June 22 Last Day of School

As the wiggle room for preserving a family plan-friendly academic calendar fades with each successive snow storm, the Board of Education on Monday night voted unanimously to reduce the number of student instructional days for this academic year from 182 to 181. Superintendent of Schools Dr. Bryan Luizzi advised the school board to do so, rather than push back the last day of school for students from Friday, June 22 to Monday, June 25. The March 13 school cancellation—the sixth of the year—pushed the Board of Ed into a position where the district was in conflict with its own policy on the last day of school. By policy, that last day can be no later than the third full week in June—in this year’s calendar, that’s Friday, June 22. Yet with the cancellations, that date now represents the 181st day of school for students. Continue Reading →

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‘People Are Getting Frustrated’: NCHS Students Organize March 14 ‘Walkout’ in Wake of Florida School Shooting

Dozens of New Canaan High School students are planning to walk out of school for 17 minutes next week, as part of national protest to what organizers describe as inaction in Congress in the wake of the Feb. 14 mass shooting at a high school in Parkland, Fla. Emily Dowdle, a NCHS junior who has helped organize the EMPOWER Youth School Walkout with classmate Emily Shizari, said details still have to be worked out, though the walkout will be held at 10 a.m. on Wednesday, March 14, at the flagpole out front of the main entrance. As with other walkouts planned at high schools throughout the United States that day, it will last 17 minutes—one minute for each of those killed at Marjory Stoneman Douglas High School in Parkland—and could include a moment of silence, speakers and reading of a poem, Dowdle said. Asked what she felt was happening now that prompted student walkouts, Dowdle noted that the social media hashtag associated with the movement is ‘#ENOUGH.’

“I think people were hopeful that things would change after enough shootings, but I think they feel like they have not,” she said. Continue Reading →

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