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District News and Announcements

image of a map of GlastonburyRedistricting InformationAt the Board of Education meeting on May 8, 2017, the Board established a timeline for determining an elementary redistricting plan. For their May 22 Board meeting, all parents comments and preferences as well as Board questions will be made public both in the Board packet and by posting on the Elementary Redistricting web page. During the meeting, the Board will discuss the comments and the answers that have been provided by staff and consultants. The Board will also determine if they need additional information. Although the May 22nd meeting does include time for Public Comments, please note that a Public Hearing on the Redistricting Plans has been set for June 5 at 7:30 pm in Town Council Chambers. The public is invited to share their ideas and preferences at this Public Hearing.

The Board will next meet on June 12, in order to make a final decision on a scenario and any changes they wish to make to that scenario. Board members wish to make the decision, if possible, before the school year ends and parents go on vacation and are unable to attend meetings.

BOE Column—The Glastonbury Citizen newspaper regularly publishes articles submitted by the Glastonbury Board of Education. Click here for our most recent Board column titled Principals' Unforgettable Moments. Previous articles can be found on the From the BOE....webpage.

2017-2018 Administrative Changes—Mr. James Gregorski, current Principal of Gideon Welles School, has been appointed Smith Middle School Principal beginning July 1, 2017. Mr. Gregorski will replace Stephen Falcigno who has been serving as acting principal since December when Principal Donna Schilke retired. Mr. Falcigno will return to his Smith Middle School Assistant Principal position next school year. We greatly appreciate his time and efforts in stepping up to temporarily fill the principal position.

Mr. Gregorski has been a successful administrator at the middle school level, including his past service as an assistant principal at Smith Middle School. Student achievement has grown dramatically under his collaborative leadership with the exceptional staff at Gideon Welles. He will undoubtedly continue to value his partnership with the equally exceptional staff at Smith Middle School.

Mr. Scott Hurwitz will serve as acting principal at Gideon Welles School next year. Mr. Hurwitz, the current assistant principal at Gideon, has proven to be a terrific educational leader and has a bright future ahead of him in administration. Ms. Marta Krzemien will transfer from Smith Middle School as an acting assistant principal to become the Acting Special Education Supervisor at Gideon Welles School. We know she will continue to excel in this role.

Eastbury School Incident—On the morning of Thursday, May 4, several Eastbury Elementary School students felt faint and dizzy during a chorus rehearsal in the cafeteria. Students who felt ill were taken to the hospital to be examined and their parents were notified immediately. The remaining students and staff were evacuated taken by bus to nearby Gideon Welles School. Parents where notified and asked to pick up their children at Gideon. The Eastbury school air systems have been thoroughly checked and it appears the school ventilation and circulation system malfunctioned leading to an overheated cafeteria. All the students are healthy and school resumed at Eastbury the next day.

Administrator Award—Mrs. Cindy Parsons was recently recognized as the 2017 Outstanding Art Education Supervisor by the Connecticut Art Education Association. Professionals like Mrs. Parsons set the standard for quality art education and we are delighted she was recognized in this way. Congratulations Mrs. Parsons!

May Plant SaleIt's finally starting to feel like spring, so it's the perfect time to stop by the Glastonbury FFA Annual Spring Plant Sale! There are a variety of hanging baskets, bedding plants and vegetables available for purchase. The sale benefits the Glastonbury FFA and the community is invited!  Please stop by the greenhouse in the back of Glastonbury High School Monday to Friday 8:30 am–3:00 pm, May 3 to May 26th. Any questions please call (860) 652-7200 x 1101 or email Nicole Hodges at Click here for more information in the May Spring Plant Sale flyer.

End of the Year Dismissal—Please click here for the End of the Year Dismissal Schedule which includes school ending times for the last week of school in June.

BOE Budget UpdateOn April 24, 2017 the Board of Education voted to identify over $3.3 million in reductions from next year's 2017-2018 education budget. The majority of these reductions (over $3 million) were required by the Glastonbury Town Council in response to Governor Malloy's proposed reduction in state education funding. An additional $250,000 was reduced in order to accommodate a decrease in personnel turnover savings expected next year. This exceptionally large budget reduction presents many challenges for our district. However, the Board of Education worked in earnest to prepare a final budget that would preserve the priority our district places on student instruction. To see what line items were reduced, view budget documents, and learn about the school budget process, please visit the BOE Budget page of our website.

Art Shows
—Every spring our Glastonbury schools present Art Shows to display and celebrate our student artists. Please click here for the art show schedule. The Glastonbury High School Art Show, to which the public is invited to attend and enjoy, will be held on May 31, 2017 from 2:30 to 7:00 pm in the art department on the second floor of GHS. A year's worth of projects, including student work in art, computer art, and video, will be on display. 

Summer Enrichment Camps—School staff members will be offering a variety of summer camp programs for students. Because these camps are tuition based, there is no cost to the Board of Education. For a complete listing of summer enrichment opportunities, please visit our Summer Camps website. Program brochures are also available at the Glastonbury Public Schools Central Operations office, 628 Hebron Avenue, building two.

Staff Recognition--We are proud to share some of the many accomplishments of our staff and schools. Please click here to learn more about recent staff awards and recognition received by Glastonbury Public School staff members.

GPS Dates to Remember

Upcoming Planetarium Shows

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Community Newsletter

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