Student Rep: School Board Should Reconsider

by Jacob Spell | Nov 17, 2017 12:11 pm | Comments (16)

Christopher Peak Photo (Opinion) Jacob Spell, a senior at Creed High School and one of the Board of Education’s two non-voting student representatives, submitted the following opinion article about student opinion of the superintendent search:

The New Haven Board of Education has a tough decision to make, as the final candidates for the superintendent position all have unique qualities and experiences. However, in the face of a tough decision, it is crucial that we make the right one for our students. Dr. Carol Birks is one of these finalists, and I have tremendous respect for her as an educator. While the majority of the board has unofficially backed her as our next superintendent, I do not believe that Dr. Birks is the best fit for our school system. By listening to the students and playing a role in the interview process, I strongly recommend that the board reconsiders its position.

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Read Their Resumes

by Christopher Peak | Nov 14, 2017 8:01 am | Comments (31)

One candidate knows how to run a large urban school system that seeks change. One candidate knows how to build up the talent within a system. One candidate knows the Elm City. They are the three left standing in the question to become New Haven’s next superintendent.

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Career “Hellebrates” An Inspiration

by Allan Appel | Nov 6, 2017 7:48 am | Comments (2)

“They hate me over there. I’m their worst patient ever. I’d say, ‘I don’t care if you’re not done. I am. I’ve got to get back to school! I have my responsibilities.’”

Thus Jonathan Heller once described handling chemotherapy treatments while teaching business and coaching volleyball at Career High School — a later-in-life second career that became a mission.

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