NL BUDGET GETS A HEARING
New London residents offer their thoughts on a 92-point-8 million dollar budget proposal for the upcoming fiscal year. The spending plan includes a 488-thousand dollar increase in taxpayer funding for the school district. That’s two million-dollars less than what the board of education had requested. Daniel Spurr says that’s not nearly enough.Â Meanwhile, New London resident Cheryl Lawrence says she wants the city to reduce spending, and that includes the school budget.Â A public hearing on the budget was held last night at the Science and Technology Magnet High School.
SOBER HOUSE OVERSIGHT PASSES
A bill to regulate Connecticut’s sober homes passed the House and likely will be heard on the Senate floor. The bill pushes sober home operators to seek certification from legitimate organizations. A similar bill passed the House last year but wasn’t voted on in the Senate. Jeanne Milstein, New London’s human services director, says the speed in which the state bill evolved shows how serious Connecticut is about tackling the sober homes, which typically aren’t subject to government regulation and sometimes feature dismal conditions.Â New London has been pushing the bill for months.
LYME-OL BUDGET SUPPORTED
Lyme and Old Lyme resÂiÂdents voted 408 to 111 to accept the 2018-19 edÂuÂcaÂtion budÂget at a refÂerÂenÂdum Tuesday. The spendÂing plan for Lyme-Old Lyme schools next year of $34.2 million repÂreÂsents a 1.97 perÂcent inÂcrease over this year’s plan. The vote breakdown was 141-21 among Lyme resÂiÂdents and 267-90 among Old Lyme resÂiÂdents. RisÂing health inÂsurÂance costs were the largest facÂtor in the budÂget inÂcrease for next year.
STONINGTON BUDGET PASSES
Stonington voters have approved the proposed 2018-19 budget by a vote of 681-255 at Tuesday’s referendum. Only seven percent of the town’s 13,568 registered voters turned out to cast votes.
DEALER TO GET 20
A GroÂton man has pleaded guilty to drug charges in conÂnecÂtion with the death of another GroÂton man in April 2017. UlpiÂano Lugo’s plea stemmed from a statewide iniÂtiaÂtive tarÂgetÂing narÂcotics dealÂers who disÂtribÂute heroin, fenÂtanyl or opiÂoids that cause death or seÂriÂous inÂjury to users. Lugo’s senÂtencÂing is schedÂuled for Aug. 1st. The charge carÂries a maxÂiÂmum of 20 years in prison.
NEW LIFE FOR SYNAGOGUE
The new owner of the forÂmer Beth El synÂaÂgogue in New London will break ground on a renÂoÂvaÂtion project today to creÂate a reÂgional school for chilÂdren with speÂcial needs. A $5.1 milÂlion revamping of the 36,000-square-foot buildÂing is planned for the Ocean AvÂenue LEARNÂing Academy. LEARN, a reÂgional edÂuÂcaÂtional cenÂter servÂes 25 towns in southÂeastÂern ConÂnectiÂcut. The new school, funded at an 80 perÂcent state reÂimÂburseÂment rate, will conÂsolÂiÂdate LEARN’s speÂcial edÂuÂcaÂtion diÂviÂsion, and stuÂdent supÂport serÂvices proÂgrams, that proÂvidÂe speÂcialÂized care for chilÂdren with deÂvelÂopÂmenÂtal disÂabilÂiÂties and emoÂtional and beÂhavÂioral isÂsues.