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More Charges Possible In NHS Sexting Probe

The police investigation into the exchange and occasional sale of sexually explicit images and videos via mobile computer networks among underage Newtown High School students is continuing, and may result in more juvenile arrests, according to police. Police Chief James Viadero said February 2 that there may be more enforcement in the sexting case, in which three students have been charged and 20 others referred to a community-based juvenile review board. The students exchanged images and videos which they had made of themselves, according to police. All students either arrested or referred to the review board were under age 18 when the violations occurred, so police have not disclosed their identities.

School Board Poised To Adopt A Budget

The Board of Education is scheduled to adopt its budget on Thursday, February 4, ahead of a budget presentation before the Board of Finance on Monday, February 8. As originally presented by Superintendent of Schools Joseph V. Erardi, Jr, the proposed budget plan is $74,361,623, or a 3.87 percent increase in spending over the current year. The proposal was first presented to the school board on January 5, and has been reviewed by the board at budget workshop meetings ahead of the scheduled February 4 meeting. Once the school board adopts its budget, it will go before the Board of Finance and the Legislative Council for review and adoption before heading to referendum in April. There was public comment on the budget plan during the public hearing portion of the school board’s Tuesday, February 2, meeting. Resident Karyn Holden said the proposed 2016-17 budget both addresses declining enrollment and maintains class sizes within the school board’s guidelines.

NHS Wrestlers Defeat Immaculate-Barlow

Newtown High School’s wrestling team defeated host Immaculate-Joel Barlow 60-11, at Joel Barlow High in Redding, on February 3. The Nighthawks won six weight classes via pin fall.

Basketball Teams Suffer Overtime Defeats

Newtown High School’s girls’ and boys’ basketball teams both dropped hard-fought overtime contests this past week — the girls to visiting Joel Barlow of Redding on January 29, and the boys at the hands of host Kolbe Cathedral on February 2. The girls dropped a 42-40 nail-biter to Barlow, then fought to the finish of a 50-46 setback to visiting Kolbe on February 2. The boys’ squad, after a 61-58 loss at Barlow on January 29, lost 75-73 to Kolbe four days later. This marked the second time Newtown has fallen to Kolbe in extra time this winter.

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