‘It’s a Disgrace’: Parents Speak Out on Proposed Earlier Start Time for Elementary Schools

Pushing the start of elementary school back to 7:45 a.m. would cost local families with two working parents important time together, create problems with respect to childcare and otherwise harm New Canaan’s youngest students, parents said Monday night. When the Board of Education’s recommended in June that the district pursue a new schedule that also would push the start of New Canaan High School back to 8:20 a.m., it wasn’t clear that the elected body was ruling out a more expensive option that would see all of Saxe Middle School and NCHS start at 8:15 a.m. and all three elementary schools at 9:10 a.m., according to Jennifer Dalipi, mother to one child at South School and one at Saxe. “That was obviously the one that most beneficial to all of our students, no matter their age,” Dalipi told the Board at its regular meeting, held in the Wagner Room at the high school. Saying it’s understood that a scenario where New Canaan buses its public schoolchildren in two tiers rather than three would be more expensive (because it would require more buses), Dalipi said she still “cannot fathom that our children’s health, the wellbeing from our tiniest 5-year-old, to be made to get up earlier, in the dark, and get to school, we cannot find the solution.”

“So shame on us as a community if we cannot make it happen. Our high schoolers should not suffer for the little ones, and the little ones should not suffer for the older ones.

New Canaan Dad Launches Web-Based Service That Connects ‘Teachers Who Tutor’ with Students Who Need Them

Had he been willing to pack up his family and relocate from New Canaan—say, to San Francisco, Boston, Phoenix or Charlotte—Steve Eno may never have hit on an idea for his own business this summer. Caught in a startup company’s layoff two years ago, the father of two daughters has been searching for work and “it’s been a tough process, because we’re not in a position to move with the kids in school and my wife working,” Eno, 55, said on a recent morning. “Much to my surprise, there are still a huge amount of companies that are really focused on having everybody in one place,” he said. Eventually, Eno started thinking about something he could manage on his own, and soon hit on a market he judged—both as a parent and career marketing and customer service professional (GE, American Express, Citigroup)—to be in demand and under-served. Within weeks, he launched Teachers Who Tutor CT, a user-friendly website that addresses the needs of both qualified teachers seeking tutoring jobs and the parents and students who need them, through an online service.