Concerns Raised Over Teacher Retention at Fairfield School Board Meeting

In a recent Fairfield School Board meeting, issues surrounding teacher retention in the district took center stage. Co-presidents of the Fairfield Education Association, Jen Valente and Vanessa Mayor, highlighted the high number of teacher resignations and its impact on the district. Other concerns discussed ranged from administrative approvals to new business plans, with the meeting ending with public comments, numerous parent voices echoing the concerns for teacher retention.

Valente and Mayor drew attention to a worrying trend where the school district has seen several teachers and paraprofessionals leaving their posts. They presented alarming statistics: six teacher resignations since the start of the school year, twelve since 2021, and a total of twenty departures of teachers and paraprofessionals in the same timeframe. They stressed the profound effect this exodus is having on both the workplace environment and the students’ learning experience.

Members of the public echoed these concerns. Frank Lamort urged the board to work towards retaining valuable staff members amidst administrative changes. He also raised concerns about job postings, emphasizing the need for accountability and stability in staffing to ensure continuity for students. Moreover, Alison Miaso, a mother of three, highlighted the challenges within the district and emphasized the need for constructive solutions and collaborative efforts between the board and parents.

The meeting also covered a variety of administrative topics, including financial and business approvals and policy confirmations. This included approving minutes, finance bills, transfers of funds, and accepting audits. Contracts for school repairs and professional fees also received board approval. The board also discussed old business, such as the success of the Fairfield Municipal Alliance Recreation Winter Wonderland, and the plans for a superintendent search committee.

New business discussions included the development of a social media site for community engagement and a resolution regarding a music program. Committee reports included updates on curriculum, special education, and building and grounds.

Note: This meeting summary was generated by AI, which can occasionally misspell names, misattribute actions, and state inaccuracies. This summary is intended to be a starting point and you should review the meeting record linked above before acting on anything you read. If we got something wrong, let us know. We’re working every day to improve our process in pursuit of universal local government transparency.

Susan Ciccotelli
School Board Officials:
Andrea Bellise Jandoli, Anthony DePascale, Angela Altaai, Brian Egan, Joseph Fede, Kathleen Marano (Bd. Secretary/Business Admin – Non-Voting member)

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