New Milford School Board Faces Leadership Transition as Superintendent Shanley Resigns

In a recent New Milford School Board meeting, Superintendent Danielle M. Shanley announced her resignation. Her departure, set against the backdrop of several other resignations including that of Terry Fischer and Dr. Assa, poses a turning point for the community. The meeting also addressed the balanced budget initiatives led by Treasurer Andrew Lombardi, damage to school property due to flooding, and the recognition of Nicole Dunne’s certification as a board member.

Superintendent Shanley’s resignation was met with an acknowledgment of her contributions, particularly in advancing academic programs, expanding extracurricular activities, and ensuring responsible fiscal management. Board member Heather Gomez commended Shanley for her dedication to student achievement.

Shanley used her announcement to remind the community about several upcoming events, including the National Honor Society induction and a coffee event to engage community members. Assistant Superintendent Lauren furthered the conversation on student engagement by providing updates on forthcoming trips for Academy students and the introduction of new courses.

The financial health of the district was a focal point of discussion, with Treasurer Andrew Lombardi highlighting the implementation of zero-based budgeting. Lombardi’s revelation that the budget is nearing a balanced state came with a note of caution about the unpredictability of state funding and the possibility of state aid reductions. This financial uncertainty is a issue for the district, as it could influence educational programs and services.

Environmental concerns surfaced with the discussion of a flooded field and damaged fence. Superintendent Shanley addressed the resilience of the track and field equipment, explaining that while the materials are durable, logistical challenges exist in moving them without causing damage.

Superintendent Shanley outlined the challenges of making such decisions, which impact the operation of schools and the safety of students and staff.

Student involvement was evident in the report from McKenzie Forte, the student board representative, who shared an initiative by the senior class to collect formal wear for peers in need of prom attire.

The meeting also delved into the governance aspects of the board’s work, with the acceptance of correspondence and discussions about the planning board for the master plan, raising the matter of potential conflicts of interest for board members with dual committee roles.

Board action was taken on several fronts, including the approval of educational programs, personnel recommendations, and athletics committee matters. The board emphasized the importance of revisiting old business and considering new business.

The board entered an executive session at the close of the meeting to discuss personnel matters, after which they decided not to take further action at that time. This session underscored the importance of confidential deliberations on sensitive issues within the district.

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:
Danielle M. Shanley
School Board Officials:
Heather Gomez, Nicole Dunne, Anthony Albro, Cheryll Calderon, John DaCosta, Stephanie Kauffunger, Andrew Lombardi, Joseph Loonam, Paige Ryan, McKenzie Forte (Student Board Representative)

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