WEDNESDAY MORNING UPDATE

GRIEVANCE FILED AGAINST CATALA

Jason Catala

A grievance has been filed against a New London Board of Education member. The union representing administrators is going after Jason Catala, after he called for the resignation of an elementary school principal. The union claims the criticism against Jason Foster at the Harbor School violated district policy. Catala called out Foster on social media and in an interview with “The Day” after some kindergartners from the school participated in a “safety walk” on the same day older children across the area left class to protest gun violence and promote more gun control. Foster did not know about his students leaving.

LAND SWAP CLOSER

Looks like a solution to a land problem in Groton impeding the building of a new middle school is within reach. The town wants to build on land that turns out is deed restricted. Now a conservation group says they would accept another property for open space in exchange for the Merritt property next to Fitch High School. The group is eyeing land near the Catherine Kolnaski Magnet School for the exchange.

BOORISH BEHAVIOR ALLEGED

Complaints about the behavior of building officials in Stonington are mounting and about to come to a head. The alleged unprofessional conduct of two town building officials is expected to be discussed tonight at the board of selectmen meeting. Contractors, home and business owners are accusing Lawrence Stannard and Robert Chevalier of being rude, condescending and bullying. The two are also said to be overstepping their authority and misinterpreting building codes. First Selectmen Rob Simmons says Stannard has gotten additional training and that disrespectful behavior will not be tolerated.

CHILD INJURED IN FIRE

(Westerly, RI) — An 18-month-old child is being treated for injuries after being rescued from a house fire in Westerly. The fire happened around 7 p.m. yesterday at a home on Nichols Lane. Three residents safely jumped from a second-floor window. The child was taken to Hasbro Children’s Hospital, but the child’s condition has not been released.

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