District News and Announcements

BOE Budget—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.

MLK Community Conversation—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 here for the MLK Community Conversation event flyer for more information. Attendees are encouraged to bring donations of new bath towels and women's toiletries to the event. These items are being collected to assist homeless and refugee families in local shelters.

Kindergarten RegistrationAny 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.

BOE Column—The Glastonbury Citizen newspaper regularly publishes articles submitted by the Glastonbury Board of Education. Our most recent article is A Most Difficult Decision. Previous articles can be found on the From the BOE....webpage.

School Consolidation—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. 

State Champions Again!—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.

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Acting Assistant Principal
Marta Krzemien has been appointed Acting Assistant Principal for Smith Middle School, replacing Stephen Falcigno who will begin as Acting Principal at Smith starting December 19, 2016. 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!

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Acting Principal
—Smith Middle School Assistant Principal Stephen Falcigno has been appointed Acting Principal for Smith Middle School to replace Principal Donna Schilke who will be retiring on December 16, 2016. At this time, the position is an interim one because with Eastbury School scheduled to close after the 2017-2018 school year, we do not want to hire a new administrator who could soon lose their position based on a reduction in administrative staffing. Mr. Falcigno began as a science teacher at Smith Middle School in 1997 and became assistant principal in 2012. He is a highly respected, capable, and accomplished administrator and we look forward to his continued success at Smith Middle School.

District of Distinction Award—Glastonbury Public schools was recently recognized as a District of Distinction by District Administration magazine. Our school system was one of 24 school systems in the nation recognized for "established initiatives that are yielding quantifiable benefits that could be replicated by other districts." We were commended for "Building a 21st Century Professional Learning Community to Support iPad Integration." This award is a credit to our teachers, our administrators, and all of our support staff. Click here for more information about the District of Distinction award.

Air Conditioning Our SchoolsOur Board of Education and administration believe air conditioning our schools is necessary in order to provide an appropriate learning environment for our students and working environment for our staff. It remains a top priority for us and we continue to support a spring voter referendum on this important issue. In October our Board sent this letter to the Town Council and Board of Finance to clearly state our position on issues related to air conditioning. More information on air conditioning our schools can be found on the BOE Reports page.

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

Veterans Day 2016

Visit the Planetarium!

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Community Newsletter

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