By SHERIDAN CYR
The Southington Board of Education had high remarks for the superintendent’s 2017-18 annual report, which was accepted as reported in a unanimous vote on Aug. 9. Prior to the vote, vice chair Terri Carmody (R) reported the document was highly informative and well-done.
“I really do hope that people in this community read all that is in this report,” she said. “It’s very impressive.”
Others, including chair Brian Goralski (R), Lisa Cammuso (D), David Derynoski (D) and Patricia Queen (R), pointed out that this year’s annual report was the most organized and fluent report they’ve yet to see. Derynoski said the organization is what stood out to him.
“There was so much commonality between each of the schools’ individual reports,” the board member said. “In the past, it was hard to follow. This year, it was easy to read from one school to the next and see a real comparison to each school. The way it was laid out was by far the best I’ve seen.”
The annual report includes a message from both the superintendent and the assistant superintendent, followed by thorough reports from several administrative departments and reports from each of the 12 schools within the Southington Public Schools district.
Superintendent Tim Connellan remarked that SPS faculty, staff, BOE members, central office administrators and building and district-wide administrators created “a rich environment for the cultivation of ideas and for creative problem solving.”
His remarks in the report highlighted professional development activities focusing on 21st century skills and student-centered learning, the “Vision of a Graduate” adopted in June, and the experiences and opportunities offered to students beyond academic subjects.
“Students learned the benefits of community service and of the intangible rewards that come with helping those in need,” he said. “Suffice to say that students in the Southington Public Schools did engage in a broad range of experiences that had a significant and positive impact on their growth and development and had a positive impact on the community.”
Assistant superintendent Steven Madancy noted the difficult budgetary challenges and constraints that were faced during the 2017-18 academic year.
“In spite of this, growth did occur,” he said, “and the progress realized will put the district in a favorable position for continued growth and success going forward.”
Madancy highlighted in his message several points of interest, including the professional development and evaluation committee, which investigated alternative approaches to the teacher supervision and evaluation model. He also noted a new learning management system, called Canvas, and championed teachers’ efficiency and consistence in quality.
SPS’s “Vision of a Graduate” was referenced several times in the report. The vision for students upon graduation states: “A graduate of the Southington Public Schools will be college or career ready, and prepared for life beyond by mastering the knowledge and demonstrating the skills to communicate effectively, think creatively and critically, and contribute to the global community.”
The 2017-18 annual report describes the work of departments including business, operations, human resources, pupil personnel services, and technology. It also features thorough reports from each school highlighting enhancements, celebrations, and ongoing work.
To view the annual report in full, visit: meeting.cabe.org/public/agencies.aspx; click “Southington Public Schools”; select the August 9, 2018 meeting agenda and click “Supt’s Annual Report 1718.”
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