Our mission is to help improve Redding. Make it even better. Redding is a truly fine place to live. Many think " ..if it ain't broken, don't fix it.." But there are some facets of life in Redding, its government and educational opportunities that need improvement. A small group of us listed some of the specific ways in which Redding could or should be improved; after much thoughtful deliberation, we focused on one topic because it is of greatest importance and impact: the education of our children. It also represents the largest (72%) Town budget item. And yes, constraining the rate of growth of our local taxes is high on our list of urgent items which need improvement.
So we set out to consider how to improve the educational opportunities in Redding, and concluded that a best way to improve our schools is to establish competition. Improve the quality and cost. We developed a proposal to achieve the desired improvement in the best way we can conceive: providing a significant grant to those parents who send children to private schools while simultaneously and proportionally reducing the Town budget and thus benefiting all taxpayers, including Seniors without children in school.
The plan applies to all three Redding schools. Let's use Joel Barlow in an example to illustrate, using very approximate numbers: It now costs us $21,000+ to send one student to Joel Barlow for one year. If the student attends a private school instead, the parents receive a $7,000 grant, the Town must reduce its budget by $7,000 and $7,000 remains with Joel Barlow to support fixed overhead costs such as electricity, heating, etc. The resulting benefits are many-fold:
Another NABR project is the 10in10 initiative. We found a way to ease the burden of our unprecedented difficult economic time by reducing Town spending 10%, but in such a way as to preserve Redding’s fundamental values: the ambience of the community, our excellent schools and our environment.
Currently, the major NABR goals is to educate residents about these proposals. We solicit, we welcome, we urge your support in this endeavor.
NABR, Inc. is a not-for-profit Connecticut Corporation, designated by the IRS as a tax-exempt, 501(c)(3) organization. We are non-partisan, conservative. We are volunteers. 100% of all donated funds are put to work. We welcome your thoughtful comments; to conveniently convey your comments, please click here, or phone any of us.
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Members of the leadership team are:
Dr. Lew Andrews, President
PO Box 459
Redding Ridge CT 06876
203 938 3661
Frank Scott, Treasurer
284 Umpawaug Road, Box 88
West Redding CT 06896-0088
203 938 3738
Philip Gagliano, Secretary
20 Dorethy Road
Redding CT 06896
203 938 3225
Our President is Lewis Andrews. Lew is Senior Policy Analyst at the Yankee Institute for Public Policy Research. He earned a Ph.D. in psychology and is a nationally known lecturer on the connection between values and emotional health. He has two school-aged children and is Chairman of CEO of Connecticut, a charity that raises money to send poor inner-city children to schools of their parents’ choice.
Our Treasurer is Frank Scott. Frank is President of Scott American Corporation, a publishing firm. He is a former member of the Region 9 Board of Education.
Our Secretary is Phil Gagliano. Phil worked for the NY City Board of Education, Division of School Facilities, for 25 years, retiring when he was Assistant Deputy Director of Engineering and Maintenance. The City's BOE operated eleven hundred buildings. Phil and his wife Vivian have lived in Redding since 1989.
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