District News & Announcements
At the January 9th Board of Education meeting, the Board voted to adopt a $104.4 million education budget for the 2017-18 school year. This represents a 3.03% increase over the current year's budget. It is a status quo budget with increases driven by salaries and benefits. A total of 10 teaching positions are scheduled to be eliminated in response to declining student enrollment. The Superintendent and the Chairman of the Board of Education will present this budget at the Annual Town Meeting on January 25th. The Board will then meet with the Board of Finance and the Town Council to discuss the education budget and the Town Council will vote on the final budget later in March. The Board welcomes and encourages citizen input on its budget. To view budget documents, learn about the school budget process, and confirm upcoming budget meetings, please visit the BOE Budget page of our website.
The Board of Education welcomes and encourages citizen input as it proceeds through the process for developing the education budget for the 2017-18 school year. Please note that after conducting two budget workshops on January 3rd and 4th the Board has cancelled the workshop scheduled for January 5th. The Board of Education will next meet on January 9, 2017 when they will vote to adopt the education budget for 2017-18. To view budget documents, learn about the school budget process, and confirm upcoming budget meetings, please visit the BOE Budget page of our website.
Any child who will be five years of age on or before January 1, 2018 and meets all residency requirements is eligible to begin kindergarten at the start of the 2017-18 school year. A letter will be sent in January to all potential students of whom our district is aware. The letter includes instructions for our registration process. After pre-registering students online, families will be prompted to schedule a brief session with our registrar at the central office. Families will bring the necessary documents for the registrar to scan, which will complete the process. Please complete the registration of your kindergarten student as soon as possible. Appointments with the registrar are available starting January 3rd. Visit the Kindergarten Registration webpage for more information.
Congratulations to our Glastonbury High School Girls Soccer Team for winning their third consecutive Connecticut state championship! The team also finished their season on a state record 60-game winning streak and were ranked #2 in the nation by USA TODAY High School Sports/National Soccer Coaches Association of America. The team was recently honored at a Board of Education Meeting for their outstanding success.
The Glastonbury MLK Community Initiative invites everyone to a Community Conversation on Sunday, January 15, 2017 at the Riverfront Community Center from 1:30 pm to 4:00 pm. This event will feature the Looking In Theater, a cast of high school students who attend the Greater Hartford Magnet School of the Arts, performing skits that address current social justice issues. The students and audience will then participate in a discussion of the issues which impact them individually and as a community. Jonathan Gillman, a Harvard-educator playwright and director of the group, and Dean Alfred Carter, an educator, sociologist, and humanist, will both moderate the discussion. The event is FREE and open to the public. Please click below for more information.
At the December 12, 2016 Board of Education meeting the Board made the difficult decision to close Eastbury Elementary School following the 2017-2018 school year. The vote was based on declining student enrollment and the Board's commitment to provide a high quality education for students at a reasonable cost to taxpayers. It follows intensive research, study, discussion, and public input at Board meetings over a number of years. The Board appreciates administrators and staff members for their work on this issue, parents and community members for taking time to share their thoughts and concerns, and all those who remained patient and involved throughout Board deliberations. Work will soon begin on developing elementary school redistricting plans for the community to review. As always, we will inform the community and invite input during this process.
A vote on school consolidation and the potential closing of Eastbury Elementary School is scheduled for a Special Meeting of the Board of Education at 7:00 pm on December 12, 2016 (preceding the regular Board Meeting which begins at 7:30 pm). This vote follows intensive research, study, discussion, and public input at Board meetings over a number of years. Please click here to review the latest Additional Questions and Answers report which will be presented at the meeting.
. Ms. Krzemien has taught Spanish in our district for eleven years, primarily at Gideon Welles School. She is a student centered educator with elementary, middle, and high school teaching experience and she has also actively participated in school committees for behavioral intervention and support, school culture, school safety, and curriculum review. We are pleased to welcome such a widely admired leader to the Smith Middle School family!
A vote on school consolidation and the potential closing of Eastbury Elementary School is scheduled for a Special Meeting of the Board of Education at 7:00 pm on December 12, 2016 (preceding the regular Board Meeting which begins at 7:30 pm). This vote follows intensive research, study, discussion, and public input at Board meetings over a number of years. Please click here to review the Board's latest Enrollment and Space Utilization Question and Answer report.
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