Editor’s Notebook: 3/29/11

Jeff Genung

• Toyed heavily with using “The First Cut is the Deepest” on the headline for Melissa Stagnaro’s Norwich school budget story today, but decided to err on the side of caution. No laughing matter, really, as a lot of good people are about to lose their jobs. I’ll be the first one to agree that our public education system has become bloated over the years (I’ve seen multi-million dollar building projects in each of the nine districts we cover, several times over), but to trim it back this severely and this quickly is a tough blow to handle. Like Superintendent O’Sullivan paraphrased, “you’ve got to keep flying the plane.”

• Speaking of Ms. Stagnaro, I have to admit publicly that I punished her for missing this morning’s deadline in the worst, most inhumane and unspeakable manner later on. I can’t tell you exactly what it is I made her do (to protect the innocent and/or oblivious), but trust me, it was on par with the seventh circle of hell. The punishment did not fit the crime, and I am completely repentant. Until the next time I make her do it :)

• Two kid-packed photo galleries went up on The Evening Sun’s Facebook page in the last couple of days – one for the Spirit Night at NHS and the other for the YMCA’s March Madness kids basketball tournament. When dear ol’ Frank takes an average of 1,547 photos at an event, it’s a shame to let them go to waste.

• The theater geek in me is incredibly excited to see what Mark Sands and the thespians over at the high school have done with my beloved “Phantom of the Opera.” The show is this weekend, but I’m going tomorrow night for my annual interview with the stars and performance review. I wondered where they’d go after the resounding success of “Les Miserables” last year …