Westbrook Schools Start

On the newly-revamped school district website www.westbrookctschools.org, parents can view:

1. Bus schedules (click on the "Community Resources" tab and then on the "Transportation Information" heading)

2. Calendars: Both the District and Academic Year calendars are posted

3. Board of Education (BOE) information: Click on the "Departments" tab to view scheduled BOE meeting dates, meeting agendas, and meeting minutes

4. Food Service Program: Click on the "Departments" tab and then click on either "High School Food Service" or "Elementary/Middle School Food Service."

5. Curriculum: Click on the "Departments" tab and then click on the "Curriculum" heading.

6. Westbrook's Schools: Click on the "Directory" tab and then the "Our Schools" heading to view links to each of the district's three schools' webpages.

Food Service

All three schools in Westbrook participate in the Healthy School meals initiative, thereby receiving an extra six cents in federal reimbursement per meal sold.

For the 2014-2015 school year, breakfast at Daisy Ingraham Elementary School costs $1 and lunch $2.25. At the Westbrook Middle School, breakfast is $1.25 and lunch $2.50. The high school's meal prices are $1.30 for breakfast and $2.75 for lunch.

Parents must pre-pay to allow student purchase of breakfasts and lunches at Daisy Ingraham Elementary, Westbrook Middle School, or Westbrook High School.

To pre-pay, parents send in to school with their student a check made out to the Westbrook School Lunch Program; the child's name should be written in the check's memo field so the funds are applied to the correct student. These funds are deposited by the school district in the student's PowerLunch account. Parents can sign up to receive "low-balance alerts" through the school's online Parents Portal to ensure their child never misses a school meal.

Summer Capital Plans

The school district continues to make progress toward completing the capital maintenance project for which the voters approved bonding in 2013.

This week a crane was on-site at the Westbrook High School to remove aging heating, ventilation, and cooling (HVAC) units on the school roof and replace them with new ones. Eight new air handlers and four York air conditioning units were installed to update the school's HVAC equipment. Other rooftop HVAC units were to be rebuilt in place.

Various facility security upgrades also were made at each school this summer.

With the conversion of burners to natural gas now completed at all three schools, school cafeterias started their upgrades with newly installed gas appliances this summer.

By the end of the last school year, each school already had new efficient LED lighting installed to replace older inefficient lights and a new solar panel array installed on the high school roof. The panels are expected to start producing electricity by the middle of September. At that time, a new software program will go live that will allow anyone to view the panels' electrical production in real-time. Watch for more information about how to access this information, once it goes live.

Still in the design stages this fall is the bonded project to replace the old windows at Daisy Ingraham Elementary School with new more efficient ones. Installation of these new windows is anticipated for summer 2015.

Key Dates

New Students Orientation

Wednesday, Aug. 20: Westbrook High School Freshmen

Monday, Aug. 25: Daisy Ingraham School Kindergarteners

First Day of School for Students

Wednesday,, Aug. 27

Westbrook High School Open House

Thursday, Aug. 28

Daisy Ingraham School Family Picnic

Tuesday, Sept. 9

Westbrook Middle School Open House

Thursday, Sept. 11

School Hours

Daisy Ingraham Elementary School: 8:30 a.m. to 3 p.m.

Westbrook Middle School: 7:45 a.m. to 2:25 p.m.

Westbrook High School: 7:50 a.m. to 2:20 p.m.

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