The Board of Education moved one step further in its search for a superintendent during a special meeting on Tuesday, August 6, when it unanimously voted to hire the Connecticut Association of Boards of Education (CABE) to act as a consultant.
Board of Education Chair Debbie Leidlein said, following the meeting, that it was a tough decision between CABE and Cooperative Education Services (CES), based out of Trumbull, as both firms were good contenders.
(The following letter to the Newtown Board of Education has been received for publication.)
Last week I sent the following email to each member of the Board of Education. Not one of the seven members has acknowledged it or responded. Hopefully some of them read The Newtown Bee so I am submitting my concerns in this venue.
The State Board of Labor Relations has dismissed a complaint filed by Newtown’s owner-operators against the Board of Education. Carey Shierloh, a representative for the complainants and a former town owner-operator, said she and several other former drivers she spoke with were very disappointed by the decision.
The Board of Education has directed Acting Superintendent of Schools John Reed to develop an example of what the 2013-14 school budget would look like with the inclusion of full-day kindergarten, and report back to the school board before either its June 18 or July 16 meetings.
The Board of Education recognized Newtown High School's high-achieving students, Newtown's Math Olympiad participants, and retiring district employees at its Thursday, June 6, meeting.
"Ladies and gentlemen," NHS Assistant Principal Jason Hiruo said, "may I present to you the top five percent of Newtown High School."
The students who achieved grade point averages that rank them in the top five percent of the 2013 NHS graduating class were greeted with applause before the school board and members of the public present for the meeting.
Following an executive session, the Board of Education unanimously voted on Tuesday, May 21, to name a principal and assistant principal for Sandy Hook School.
Kathleen Gombos, the current principal at R.M.T. Johnson School in Bethel, was chosen as the new principal for Sandy Hook School, and Timothy Napolitano, who currently teaches at Reed Intermediate School, was appointed as assistant principal.
The Board of Education was notified at its May 7 meeting that a letter was recently sent home to roughly 800 parents to advise them that their student’s information was accidentally shared with a single parent in September.