Fairfield School Board Advances Superintendent Search and Approves Key Educational Initiatives

In a step towards administrative leadership transition, the Fairfield School Board outlined the criteria for hiring a new superintendent and scheduled the candidate interviews to begin on February 25th. This development was part of a comprehensive meeting agenda that also included financial matters, educational programs, and infrastructure projects. Among other decisions, the board approved a learning acceleration grant and discussed a major roof replacement at W. Winston Churchill School.

The selection of a new superintendent was a central focus of the meeting, as the board detailed the qualities and expertise desired for the role. Recognizing the importance of specialized program management, the ability to recruit and retain effective personnel, and the need for visibility in school and community events, the board plans to implement a thorough screening process. A rubric will be used during interviews to ensure consistency and fairness in evaluating candidates. The input from a superintendent search committee, which included a survey sent to the community, helped shape the criteria by highlighting the top concerns and desired leadership qualities. The board extended its gratitude to committee members for their diligent work in this crucial hiring process.

In addition to leadership changes, the board discussed the implementation of the New Jersey Learning Acceleration Grant, which aims to provide additional tutoring support for students outside regular school hours.

The Fairfield Education Foundation’s successful fundraiser and the restoration of the chicks program in kindergarten were acknowledged under old business, celebrating community engagement and innovative educational initiatives.

On the infrastructure front, the board’s building and grounds committee reported on the partial roof replacement project at Churchill. Bids for the project are anticipated by the end of March, with the actual work slated to start in July.

Financial matters were also on the agenda, with the board approving bills, claims, and payroll. The finance committee is in the midst of the preliminary budget process, awaiting state funding announcements to hold more concrete budget discussions. A public assistance request withdrawal was notified, although details of the request were not elaborated upon during the meeting.

The board also approved multiple building use applications.

The Home and School Association (HSA) shared news of upcoming events, such as a Color Run, and a meeting set for February 28th.

Special education was another topic of concern, with discussions around forming a parent group to support students with special needs and their parents. This initiative is aimed at enhancing understanding and navigation of Individualized Education Programs (IEPs) and 504 plans.

The technology and curriculum instruction committee reported the arrival of new Chromebooks, symbolizing the district’s investment in digital learning tools. Plans for curriculum updates were also discussed.

The announcement of a change in location for the next meeting, scheduled for March 14th, was made to ensure accessibility and convenience for attendees.

Personnel matters were addressed, including the approval of tenure track teachers, retirement acknowledgments, and job descriptions and assignments.

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.
Dr. Susan Ciccotelli
School Board Officials:
Anthony DePascale, Angela Altaai, Andrea Bellise-Jandoli, Joseph Fede, Melinda Street, Susan Ciccotelli (Superintendent), Kathleen Marano (Board Secretary/Business Admin.)

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