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Time To Hit The Books: Students Return To School In Easton, Redding

Buses will be out on the roads across Easton and Redding on Wednesday as the kids return for the first day of school. Photo Credit: File
Thomas McMorran, who was named principal of the year, poses with U.S. Rep. Jim Himes. McMorran is now superintendent of the Easton-Redding schools. Photo Credit: File

EASTON/REDDING, Conn. — The calendar may say it's still August, but students will be heading back to school Wednesday in Easton and Redding.  

The Easton, Redding and Region 9 school districts are welcoming a new superintendent, Thomas McMorran, who took the post July 1 from Bernard Josefsberg, who retired after for years as superintendent.

McMorran was replaced as head of school at Joel Barlow High School by interim leader Gina Pin this fall. Pin was previously the assistant head of school there.

According to the Easton Courier, the estimated student populations for the district this fall are: 

580 students for Samuel Staples Elementary School in Easton; 

304 students for Helen Keller Middle School in Easton; 

420 students for Redding Elementary School; 

470 students for John Read Middle School in Redding; and 

1,022 students at Joel Barlow High School. 

For the new school year, parking lot and sidewalk improvements have been made at Redding Elementary School and John Read Middle School.

Christopher Basta was appointed assistant principal at Redding Elementary. He replaced Tracy Edwards, who is director of special education for kindergarten to eighth grade in Easton and Redding.

At Helen Keller Middle School, students will be in class a bit longer than last year.  The district has added 15 minutes to the school day for the students, the Courier reported. 

Read more about the towns' schools here at the Easton Courier website. For more on school start times, buses and other information, visit the school district website here

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