Board of Ed Votes 6-2 in Favor of New School Start Times Schedule; Plan To Take Effect Next April

The Board of Education on Monday voted 6-2 to change to a school start times schedule that will see elementary schools start first in the morning (at 7:50 a.m.), followed by grades seven through 12 (8:30 a.m.) and then grades five and six (9:15 a.m.). Dubbed “Scenario A” by New Canaan Public Schools officials, the schedule would take effect next April. The Board had also been considering a “Scenario B,” which would have seen grades five and six start first (7:45 a.m.), follows by grades seven through 12 (8:30 a.m.) and the elementary schools last (9:15 a.m.). Saying additional school buses could be hired on a trial basis, Board member Dionna Carlson urged the elected body to either adopt Scenario A on the condition that the district “solve for” an elementary school start time no earlier than 8 a.m., or else adopt Scenario B.

“We need to sharpen our pencils—7:50 is nice but 8 o’clock is not an unreasonable request and I think that because we have these local schools, you could add a few more buses in the early tier and then those buses would be done getting those kids back quicker than they normally would be if it was a Saxe or high school drop off at the end of the day,” Carlson said during the meeting, held both in persona and via videoconference. “The research that I read about elementary start times is when you are looking at giving high schoolers more sleep, don’t ever do it at expense of the younger kids,” she added.

New Canaan Home Sales Up 38% in May

Sales of single-family homes in New Canaan increased 38% in May, from 21 to 29 year-over-year, according to new data. The median sales price for May increased by 35%, from $1,495,000 to $2,012,000, according to data released by New Canaan Board of Realtors. Here’s a snapshot of sales activity:


Through the first five months of 2021, the median sales price of single-family homes is up 40% over last year, from $1,250,000 to $1,750,000, according to the data. (The median sales price of condominiums is up 68% year-over-year, from $585,000 to $985,000, the data show.)

At month’s end, 92 single-family homes were on the market in New Canaan, according to the data. Single-family homes had spent more time on the market in May of this year than in 2020, at 163 days compared to 133 one year ago, an increase of 23%.

Unlocked Mercedes, Keys and $150,000 of Items Inside, Stolen from New Canaan Driveway

A Mercedes and BMW were reported stolen last week from driveways on a short dead-end street opposite the Country Club of New Canaan, police said. At about 11:33 a.m. on June 2, officers were dispatched to a Brookwood Lane home to investigate a report of a stolen BMW X5, Police Chief Leon Krolikowski said in a press release. The vehicle was locked, according to the owner, who was unsure whether the keys were in the vehicle, the release said. Inside the vehicle were car seats, dry cleaning, kid’s toys, a tool kit and a pair of sneakers, it said. The BMW was recovered at 3:39 p.m. that day at an Interstate 95 rest area in Fairfield, according to Krolikowski.

New Canaan Music Opens Second Store in Newport, R.I.

An established New Canaan business has opened a second location in Rhode Island. New Canaan Music, which sells and rents out instruments and offers music lessons, opened its Newport, R.I. store on Saturday, according to owner and town resident Phil Williams.

“Newport New Canaan Music” is Williams’s first location outside of New Canaan. 

“I think we’ve got a pretty good formula and I wanted to broaden [the company] a little bit,” Williams told 

“I’m feeling really good about it,” he added. Asked why he chose to open a shop there, Williams said, “It’s a great little town.”

“There’s a big music community there and no music store,” he said. New Canaan Music is a membership business of the New Canaan Chamber of Commerce. Williams, a Planning & Zoning Commission member, is a former member of the Chamber’s Board of Directors.