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What Happens When Darien Police Visit an Under-Age Party with Alcohol

Mark Cappelli Bryan Wallman 02-21-17
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When police are alerted to a teenage drinking party in Darien, most of what they do revolves around the safety of the under-age drinkers there and the safety of other people who might be on the road when intoxicated drivers from the party go home. That was one of the themes brought up by two Darien police officers involved with youths in town when the officers spoke recently at a meeting for parents at Darien High School. (more…) Continue Reading →

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Full Statement: Teachers Union President States Objections to Plan for Department Chairs

Joslyn DeLancey Darien Education Association Teachers Union 02-16-17
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Joslyn DeLancey, an elementary school teacher and president of the Darien Education Association, spoke to the Board of Educaton on Jan. 10, giving the teacher union’s reaction to Superintendent of Schools Dan Brenner’s proposal for six new academic department chairs for the high school and middle school. (Since then, a second department chair for special education has been added to the proposal, bringing the total to seven.) (more…) Continue Reading →

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Board of Ed OKs $98M Budget with 4.5% Increase (2.34% from Loss of State Aid)

Darien Public Schools
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The Darien Board of Education approved a 2017-2018 budget of 98,073,175, which represents a 4.5 percent increase over the budget passed last year. The removal of about $2.1 million in state aid accounts for a 2.34 percent increase in the burden on taxpayers, and school district spending would also increase 2.16 percent. (more…) Continue Reading →

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DHS Principal Ellen Dunn on Drugs, Drinking, Disciplining Students and What Parents Can Do

Ellen Dunn Darien High School Teen Drinking Substance Abuse 02-12-17
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Even when Darien High School administrators are dropping the proverbial hammer down on your child in high school, the hammer is only proverbial, Principal Ellen Dunn told parents at a recent meeting — administrators are trying to help, and discipline can be a turning point for your kid. Or, as she put it: “The lucky ones get caught.” (more…) Continue Reading →

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Freedom Riders Discuss Civil Rights Era with Darien High School Students

Reginald Green Freedom Riders Civil Rights Era Darien High School 02-09-17
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They were both college students at the time, boarding buses in 1961 to take a stand. Known as Freedom Riders, the Rev. Reginald Green and Dion Diamond joined others in riding Trailways and Greyhound buses to challenge racial segregation in the South. (more…) Continue Reading →

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‘Truth & Consequences’ Panel Discussion on Teen Drinking at DHS Auditorium

Truth or Consequences event graphic 02-05-17
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A panel of five area experts will speak at Darien High School on Tuesday night, Feb. 7, about teen drinking from the perspectives of the law and law enforcement, how it impairs teenage brains and athletic abilities and how Darien High School deals with drinking. The meeting is for both parents and students. (more…) Continue Reading →

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Council of Darien School Parents: Budget Statements at the Board of Ed Public Hearing: PART 1

Skoglund 02-05-17
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Good Evening.  My name is Shelly Skoglund.  I have two children:  one at the high school and one at Middlesex.  My name is Julia Mengwall.  I have three children:  one at Middlesex and two at Tokeneke. Continue Reading →

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Budget Statements on High School, Middle School at the Board of Ed Public Hearing: PART 2

Ann Dickson Darien High School parents 02-06-17
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Here are three statements from Thursday’s Darien Board of Education public hearing on the 2017-2018 proposed school district budget, from parent teacher organizations at Darien High School and Middlesex Middle School. (more…) Continue Reading →

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Special Education Parents Statements at the Public Hearing on the Schools Budget: PART 4

SEPAC parents 02-06-17
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The Special Education Parent Advisory Committee addressed the Board of Education with two statements on Thursday, at the board’s pubic hearing on the 2017-2018 education budget: (more…) Continue Reading →

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