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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Parents Raise Concerns About Transgender Kids

by Sally E. Bahner | Jun 27, 2018 7:18 am | Comments (2)

Sally E. Bahner PhotoParents have been speaking up at recent Board of Education meetings about a variety of problems, going back to security concerns stemming from the February shootings in Parkland, Florida.

At the May meeting, Greg Jerolman, a parent, called out the board on problems such as lying, bullying, and school safety. Bullying problems have been discussed at length by the board and one case led to a lawsuit.

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BHS Class of 2018 Celebrates with Smiles, Confetti, Horns

by Sally E. Bahner & Bill O'Brien | Jun 19, 2018 8:42 am

Bill O'Brien PhotoWith the town hall as a stage, decked out in anticipation of the Branford Festival, the Branford High School Class of 2018 took their seats. What would a graduation be without “Pomp and Circumstance”? And the decorated mortarboards.

Bill O'Brien PhotoIt turned out to be a perfect evening and a large crowd of families and friends filled the green to witness the event, the awarding of 220 diplomas to graduating seniors. 

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Shovels, Hardhats at the Ready: Walsh Groundbreaking

by Sally E. Bahner & Bill O'Brien | Jun 14, 2018 8:00 am

Bill O'Brien PhotoWalsh Intermediate School was built in 1972 at the height of the open classroom concept, a trend that was never completely successful. Opened as Branford Intermediate School for fifth through eighth graders, the school was subsequently renamed in honor of Francis Walsh, who served as principal for more than 20 years, from 1972 until his retirement in 1994.

Bill O'Brien PhotoWalsh, who went on to serve on the Board of Selectmen, was among the town officials, local legislators, and construction representatives attending the groundbreaking last week for the school’s $88.2 million renovation, the largest bonding appropriation undertaken by the town.

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