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Public Hearing on Forced Regionalization


Multiple bills that would force towns and cities to regionalize school districts will be discussed at a public hearing in Hartford on Friday, March 1, 2019.

The proposals include a bill that would force any school district with fewer than 2,000 students to regionalize. Another bill would force any town with a population of fewer than 40,000 to consolidate with other towns to form new school districts matching the state probate court districts

While encouraging towns to share services can be beneficial, forcing towns and cities to regionalize their school districts without considering their unique needs raises concerns.

This public hearing is an opportunity to make your voice heard and share your opinion on these proposals. Here’s how to speak out:

Send a brief email to edtestimony@cga.ct.gov
Put “Bill 457 and Bill 738” in the subject line.
Include your name and town.

If you can, attend the public hearing on Friday, March 1, 2019 at 1:00 pm in Room 2E of the Legislative Office Building, 300 Capitol Avenue, Hartford. If you cannot attend you can still submit testimony as explained above.

You can read more and track the bills at the following links:
Senate Bill No. 457

Senate Bill No. 738

Home Sales Update

Real Estate News from Jonathan Deak


In 3 towns, Easton 67 active, down 1 from last week,  Fairfield 336 single family and 43 condos, Westport single family 289 up 1 unit and 16 condo listings.

In the 3 towns, 53 new listings, 31 price reductions, 30 went show, 16 moved from show to deposit, 17 closed, 12 in Fairfield and 5 in Westport and 0 in Easton. The highest price was a Coldwell Banker listing at 6 Linda Lane Westport. New construction with 7,967 square feet, 13 rooms, 6 bedrooms, set on 1 acre. Asking $2,850,000 sold for 99.92% of asking price at $2,847,768 in 90 days, closed 2/15/19.
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Easton
6 new listings with 67 active now.
7 price reductions, same as last week.
3 went Show, price points were very close, $549,900, $545,000, $519,000
2 on deposit, Price point $549,900 and $749,900.  The history on 280 Judd Road it was my listing when purchased on 12-11-2009.  Now listed for sale 6-4-18 for $849,900 reduced in price 3 times to final asking at $749,999. The asking price is -24.5% less than purchase price 10 years ago. Info from CMLS.
0 Closed last week in Easton. 
  Jonathan Deak at Coldwell Banker Westport.
jondeakhomes@gmail.com

Anne Hughes on Regionalization


State Representative Anne Hughes answered hello, NewsCT’s question about her stance on school regionalization with this statement:

“I have amplified the collective outcry from our constituents in Easton, Weston and Redding about the united opposition to the consolidated school proposals that have been raised in the Senate.

Connecticut needs to start crafting its policy in a smart, deliberative manner. Not on a whim. That is why it is so critical to have our community’s voices (neighbors of Easton, Weston and Redding) as part of this process. If we are going to tackle our fiscal challenges without creating new ones, we have to do it together. Our community is an excellent example of what’s working in our state, and if it’s not broken, don’t fix it. But there are ways that Connecticut as a whole can improve and reduce the costs of services while improving outcomes for all of our children. If we want to see that happen, we need to continue to speak up and speak out.

As soon as there is a public hearing scheduled on the school consolidation bills, I will notify you and share with our constituents, so that our voices may be heard, and I will continue to advocate for protecting our schools’ excellent quality of small-town, local Board of Education oversight, public investment and pride. If these proposals continue to move in the legislature after Wednesday’s budget roll-out, then public hearings will be taking place on the topic and there’s nothing more important than citizens taking part in this process. The experience of our towns’ bulk-purchasing, administrative and superintendent sharing is a model of cost efficiency that other small towns can and should emulate.

I look forward to keeping our engaged community represented and be part of the positive change for our district and for CT and our shared future.”

Rep Hughes is always available for constituent coffee on Fridays, 8:30 a.m. at Greiger’s, and on weekends by appointment.