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.

Advertisement

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.

Advertisement

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.

Advertisement

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.

Superintendent:
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.)

Receive debriefs about local meetings in your inbox weekly:

Trending meetings
across the country:

Meeting Date
Filter by bodytypes
Agricultural Advisory Committee
Airport Advisory Board
Art and Culture Board
Beach Committee
Bike and Pedestrian Advisory Committee
Board of Elections
Board of Health
Borough Council
Building Committee
Cannabis Control Board
Cemetery Commission
Charter Revision Commission
Child and Family Services Board
City Council
City Identity Committee
Code Enforcement Board
College Board of Trustees
Community Appearance Board
Community Preservation Committee
Community Redevelopment Agency
County Council
Disability Advisory Committee
Economic Development Board
Elderly Affairs Board
Electric Advisory Board
Environmental Commission
Financial Oversight Board
Historic Preservation Commission
Housing Authority
Human Relations Committee
Insurance Fund
Land Use Board
Library Board
Licensing Board
Mental Health Commission
Municipal Alliance
Open Space Commission
Oversight and Review Committee
Parking Authority
Parks and Gardens Commission
Parks Commission
Pension Board
Planning Board
Planning Board,Zoning Board
Police Review Board
Property Assessment Board
Public Safety Committee
Recreation Commission
Redevelopment Agency
Rent Leveling Board
School Board
Sewerage Authority
Shade Tree Commission
Special Magistrate
Taxation & Revenue Advisory Committee
Tourism Board
Trails Committee
Transportation Board
Utility Board
Value Adjustment Board
Veterans Committee
Water Control Board
Women's Advisory Committee
Youth Advisory Committee
Zoning Board
Filter by County
FL
Bay County
Bradford County
Brevard County
Broward County
Clay County
County
Duval County
Escambia County
Gulf County
Highlands County
Hillsborough County
Indian River County
Lake County
Lee County
Leon County
Levy County
Liberty County
Manatee County
Marion County
Martin County
Miami-Dade County
Monroe County
Okaloosa County
Orange County
Osceola County
Palm Beach County
Pasco County
Pinellas County
Polk County
Putnam County
Santa Rosa County
Sarasota County
Seminole County
St. Johns County
Taylor County
Volusia County
Walton County
MA
Barnstable County
Berkshire County
Bristol County
County
Essex County
Franklin County
Hampden County
Hampshire County
Middlesex County
Norfolk County
Plymouth County
Suffolk County
Worcester County
NJ
Atlantic County
Bergen County
Burlington County
Camden County
Cape May County
Cumberland County
Essex County
Gloucester County
Hudson County
Hunterdon County
Mercer County
Middlesex County
Monmouth County
Morris County
Ocean County
Passaic County
Somerset County
Sussex County
Union County
Warren County
Filter by sourcetypes
Minutes
Recording