Building Commissioners Critical of Community Center Delays

by Sally Bahner | Oct 23, 2018 8:59 pm | Comments (1)

Photos by Sally BahnerOnce again, Quisenberry Arcari Architects, the architect for the Community House/Senior Center, came under fire by the Public Building Commission for delays in the project.

Commissioners grilled Project Manager Brian Park at last week’s meeting held at Fire Headquarters. Leonard Tamsin, Jr. said that the project is “lagging on critical paths.” He expressed concern that the building would not be fully enclosed, with roof and exterior walls, before winter.

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SBA Scores Show Little Improvement

by Sally Bahner | Sep 12, 2018 9:31 pm

The results of the Smarter Balance Assessments for 2017-2018 for the Branford School District show flatline or slightly lower results than previous years.

The tests are designed to measure students’ progress based on Common Core State Standards designed to improve teaching and learning. Tests are given to elementary and middle school students in English Language Arts (ELA) and Math.

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BOE Votes 2.5 Percent Salary Increase for Schools Superintendent

by Sally Bahner | Aug 21, 2018 8:00 am

Photo by Sally BahnerAfter a two-plus hour executive session, the Board of Education resumed its regular session Wednesday, Aug. 15, at Branford High School, and voted unanimously to extend the contract of Schools superintendent Hamlet Hernandez until 2021 and approve a 2.5 percent salary increase. The board also heard a report on school security from consultant Joe Erardi in executive session.

The board typically does not report on details of its executive sessions.  School security, however, has been discussed at length in recent months.

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Branford’s SAT Scores on Par with State’s

by Sally Bahner | Aug 1, 2018 7:39 am | Comments (2)

This year’s SAT scores released by the state Department of Education revealed a 3 percent drop – from 65.4 percent to 62.4 percent – in the number of 11th grade students who met or exceeded the standard for college and career readiness in the reading and writing portions of the test, which is administered to high school students.

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Spring Sports Season Capped By Title, Honors

by Bill O'Brien | Jul 3, 2018 9:30 am

A couple of Branford spring sports teams concluded their seasons on high notes: One, Boys’ Baseball, made it to the Class L state semi finals before being defeated by a heartbreaking 1-0 score, and the other, Girls Lacrosse,  took it to the mountain for the second straight year, winning 11-8 over an arch rival their second consecutive Class M State Championship.

The Branford baseball team under coach Steve Malafronte finished the regular season winning 11 of the last 14 games, ending up with a 13-7 record and securing a spot in both the SCC and CIAC State Tournament. The Hornets earned an 8-5 upset win over eventual Class LL State Champion Cheshire in the SCC Tournament before bowing to rival Hand 6-3 in the semis.

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Sexton Appointed as Branford’s Assistant Superintendent

by Sally E. Bahner | Jun 28, 2018 7:56 am

With PermissionRachel Sexton has been appointed as Branford School District’s next Assistant Superintendent of Schools. She begins work on July 1. Sexton is described in a press release as “an exemplary educational leader with vast experiences in public education. She has worked extensively in urban and suburban school districts to develop viable curricula for students.”

She replaces Dr. Anthony Buono, who will serve as assistant superintendent of schools in Westport beginning July 1.

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