CT schools limit Boy Scouts recruiting

May 5, 2008 5:22:04 PM PDT
The Greenwich schools superintendent has barred recruiting by Boy Scouts while classes are in session, drawing criticism from town officials and Boy Scouts supporters. Activities other than instruction are a disservice to students, Superintendent Betty Sternberg said. School officials also say that no other organization has had such access, and they have offered after-school alternatives arrangements.

"Instruction time is something that is extremely valuable," Sternberg said. "We're not trying to do anything to undermine the Boy Scouts or any other legitimate, wonderful organization that works with our children."

First Selectman Peter Tesei, who serves on the board of the Greenwich Council of the Boy Scouts of America, criticized Sternberg's decision.

"I think it's an example of her not understanding our community," he said. "To pick a fight with an organization that has served the community for decades is just not sound judgment in my opinion."

Before the current school year, Boy Scouts recruiters were allowed to make short presentations during class, assembly periods and lunchtime.

The Boy Scouts' ties to the schools date to at least 1938, with its contributions including sponsorship of an annual essay contest for middle-school students and organization of a career day at Greenwich High School.

Robert Nalewajek, the council's president, said the organization is requesting that it be granted access to the schools it previously had while classes are in session.

"I think it would be an egregious loss for the community, not just Scouting," he said.


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