UPDATE TUESDAY 11 a.m. — On Monday, The Darien Times received comments from interim Schools Superintendent Elliot Landon and State Rep. Matthew Blumenthal, who represents Stamford and Darien.
Landon told The Darien Times he is “opposed to the consolidation of school districts by administrative directive through the state legislature.”
“If individual school districts and municipalities wish to consider consolidation on their own, that is a local prerogative that should not be discouraged,” he said in an email.
“However, in making such a decision, all the school districts and municipalities involved should consider the impact on their local tax rates and related costs, the costs of transportation, the costs of maintaining unoccupied buildings, and the restrictions imposed by local employee contracts,” he said.
Blumenthal told The Darien Times he was thankful to constituents for reaching out to him on the bill.
“I understand why it concerns them. At this point, however, it is only that — a proposal. It was one of several thousand proposed bills filed before the deadline last week,” Blumenthal said.
“Of those, only hundreds will receive any committee’s consideration. Those that do undergo considerable vetting and modification. At our committee meeting today, the Education Committee did not include any proposal for involuntary regionalization among the concepts raised,” he said.
"As one of Darien’s representatives and a member of the Education Committee, I am watching this proposed bill very closely. As always, I am happy to speak with those who have questions or concerns,” he said.
Sen. Bob Duff has not yet responded to a request for comment.
SATURDAY 11:37 p.m. — Sen. Carlo Leone, who represents part of Darien and Stamford, gave the below statement to The Darien Times about the proposed regionalization bill: