by Diana Stricker | Oct 28, 2013 7:10 am | Comments (2)
School board members are asking why third-grade scores on state mastery tests at Mary Murphy Elementary School dropped so drastically in the past year. And they want to know what steps are being taken to help the students.
“I was taken aback by Mary Murphy scores in reading, writing and math,” said board member David Squires (at left in photo), who started the discussion at a recent Board of Education (BOE) meeting. He was particularly concerned about the drop in third-grade math from 78.9 percent at or above goal in 2012, to 30.1 percent on the 2013 Connecticut Mastery Tests. “Can you tell me why?”
by Nancy Barnes | Oct 24, 2013 12:10 pm
The elephant, it seemed, had left the room.
By unanimous vote in May, the Board of Education (BOE) recommended major renovations to the open-space Walsh Intermediate School (WIS) and the former Branford Hills Elementary School. After the transfer of the students from the century-old John B. Sliney Elementary School to a refurbished Branford Hills, the BOE planned to return the school to the town.
by Diana Stricker | Oct 18, 2013 7:21 am
The Board of Education (BOE) said farewell Wednesday night to Frank Carrano, who is retiring after 10 years on the board, including six years as chairman. They also extended the superintendent’s contract.
“It is with a little bit of a heavy heart that I talk about Mr. Carrano’s tenure ending with the Board of Education,” Superintendent Hamlet Hernandez said during a presentation at the board meeting. “I want to personally thank him for believing in me.”
by marcia chambers | Sep 17, 2013 5:21 am
Scores of children were honored Saturday for their achievement as their schools’ “best readers” over the summer break.
They and their parents came to the Branford Green for a ceremony during which they received reading medals. We caught up with some of the classes from some of the schools as they received their medals.
by Diana Stricker | Jul 19, 2013 6:10 am | Comments (2)
How much can Branford afford when it comes to school renovations?
That’s exactly what First Selectman Anthony “Unk” DaRos wants to know before any school building committees are formed. DaRos sent a memo to town leaders this week stating he wants the Board of Finance (BOF) to look at the renovation cost issues first.
by Diana Stricker | Jul 9, 2013 6:23 am
The fate of two school-renovation projects totaling $142.5 million lies in the hands of the Board of Selectmen, who have to decide whether to form a building committee, what type of committee it would be, and whom the membership would include.
The issues are further complicated by the fact that town leadership will undergo major changes following the November elections. First Selectman Anthony “Unk” DaRos is retiring, as is Frank Carrano, the longtime chair of the Board of Education (BOE).
The Eagle asked DaRos whether he will start the committee process rolling before the election. “I’d like to get started on it. Whether we’d finish by then or not …” DaRos replied. “Details have to be worked out.”
by Staff | Jul 3, 2013 3:24 pm
Three administrative positions in the Branford School District were filled Monday night. Parents are still awaiting news on any changes in the high school’s instrumental music program.
The Board of Education (BOE) met in special session Monday to vote on the new hires.
• Dr. Anthony Buono, longtime principal at Mary Murphy Elementary School, was hired for the newly created position of associate superintendent.
by Diana Stricker | Jun 27, 2013 3:42 pm
Just as Branford High School principal Lee Panagoulias Jr. congratulated the graduating seniors for their ability to weather the epic storms of the past few years, a few raindrops began to fall.
But the steady rain held off until after the 269 students received their diplomas on the Town Green Wednesday night.
Before the ceremony began, students tinkered with caps and gowns. Then they took stock. Here’s one taking a smart photo of herself.
by Diana Stricker | Jun 24, 2013 10:06 am
There were smiles from both sides as the first contract was approved for paraprofessionals in the Branford School District. The four-year pact will be retroactive to when the group joined the union two years ago.
“I’m glad that we finally have a contract … after two long years,” Local 222 president Pam Van Winkle told the Eagle following Wednesday’s meeting of the Board of Education (BOE). “We’re happy that we’re no longer at-will employees, and that seniority will count.” However, union leaders said later there is a way to go regarding wages and benefits. She is pictured above with Superintendent of Schools Hamlet Hernandez.
by marcia chambers | Jun 10, 2013 6:44 am | Comments (2)
Back on March 15, Branford First Selectman Unk DaRos and Schools Superintendent Hamlet Hernandez signed a letter of intent agreeing to apply for a competitive school readiness grant, a program that expands early learning for families unable to afford pre-school for their child. The letter was sent to the Connecticut State Department of Education. To get the grant process rolling the top town official and the top school official were required to agree. And they did.
But the grant-writing task fell to Hernandez, and the deadline, May 31st, came and went. Hernandez didn’t submit the grant application or even have it fully written because he said he learned the state did not have the school readiness funds for Branford. In addition, he told the Eagle, the school system has no official grant writers, though others could have done the job.