MONDAY MORNING UPDATE

MIDDLE SCHOOLS MAY MERGE

The Franklin Board of Education has taken the first step toward regionalizing its school system with Bozrah’s. A 10-member regional school study committee has been approved to explore combining its Pre-K through eighth-grade students at Franklin Elementary School with the student body at Fields Memorial School in Bozrah. If approved, regionalization would bring drastic changes to education in both towns in the areas of staffing, transportation, class size and where students would attend school. The goal is to have the process completed by September 2018.

FORUM WEDNESDAY ON MAG SCHOOL CONVERSION

A pub­lic fo­rum will be held by Nor­wich school of­fi­cials Wed­nes­day to ex­plain the tran­si­tion to two mag­net themed mid­dle schools next school year. Nor­wich re­ceived ap­prox­i­mately $4 mil­lion over five years from the fed­eral Mag­net Schools As­sis­tance Pro­gram. Wed­nes­day’s fo­rum will be carried live on Facebook and is for any­one wish­ing to learn more about plans to con­vert Kelly Mid­dle School and Teach­ers’ Me­mo­rial Sixth Grade Academy into mag­net themed mid­dle schools for stu­dents in grades six through eight.

BAMBOO BATTLE

(Fox 61)

NEW LONDON, Conn. (AP) – A Connecticut man is facing a criminal charge for failing to maintain what city officials describe as an unruly bamboo grove. Carlos Carrion of New London says he’s being unfairly targeted by the city and is mounting a defense. Carrion entered a not guilty plea last week in New London Superior Court to the city’s first blight-related criminal infraction under a newly revised blight ordinance. City officials say Carrion repeatedly refused to clean up his property and trim his bamboo.   Carrion’s attorney – former New London Mayor Daryl Justin Finizio – said the city overstepped its authority. Finizio said a Vietnam veteran gave Carrion the bamboo over 30 years ago and he’s kept it in his memory. The towering bamboo covers much of the property.

FREEZE FROZEN

When it meets later tonight, the Norwich City Council will vote to extend a freeze on hiring and layoffs to Dec. 1. That means the decision will then fall to the new city council after the Nov. 7 election and swearing-in of the new members. The current city council has ended efforts to fill several key city positions while the state still doesn’t have a budget in place.

CENTRAL HALL MAY GET NEW LIFE SOON

The town of Groton is re­view­ing the build­ing per­mit ap­pli­ca­tion from the own­ers of the for­mer Cen­tral Hall Block in down­town Mys­tic and ex­pects to is­sue a per­mit by Tues­day at the lat­est. His­toric Mys­tic LLC, owners of the West Main Street property since 2004 plan to build a four-story struc­ture over the wa­ter, with six re­tail stores on the first floor and 12 two-bed­room con­do­mini­ums on the other three floors.

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