School Board Approves Search Firm Amid Farewells and Donations

In a recent New Milford School Board meeting, the board approved the hiring of a search firm for the superintendent position, bid farewell to a long-serving board member, and recognized significant donations to the district. The session was marked by emotional acknowledgments of departing individuals and the approval of donations that will benefit various school events and activities.

The meeting’s most significant action was the approval of a search firm to facilitate the search for a new superintendent. This decision followed a debate among board members about the necessity of hiring an external firm versus first advertising the position. While one board member opposed immediate hiring, citing the need to advertise internally first, another highlighted the advantages of utilizing the firm for administrative support in the recruitment process. Despite differing opinions, the board reached a consensus and passed the motion to engage the search firm.

Concurrently, the board addressed the departure of one of its members, who had served for 11 years. The individual expressed their gratitude for the opportunity to contribute to the community and collaborate with fellow board members. A community member also acknowledged the outgoing board member’s service during the open public comments section, thanking them for their dedication.

The session also recognized the contributions of a departing staff member, whose impact on the district was highlighted by a board member’s emotional remarks. There was an air of appreciation as the board acknowledged the irreplaceable contributions made over the years by both the board member and the staff member.

Financial matters were a notable part of the meeting’s agenda. The board expressed gratitude for donations from two local entities, the Alasio family and Lumber Co. The generosity of these donors was seen as instrumental in supporting upcoming school events. Additionally, there was anticipation of a potential donation from ‘the J,’ which could cover costs associated with an upcoming event.

The Athletics and Co-curricular Committee brought forward a motion that was approved, discussing how a potential donation could alleviate costs for players, further illustrating the community’s investment in the district’s extracurricular activities.

In the sphere of academic and student support, the meeting covered various initiatives and achievements from schools within the district. From the Berkeley Street School’s program focusing on students’ social and emotional skills to the BF Gibbs Elementary School’s participation in the Kids Heart Challenge and March Mathness competition, the board reviewed activities aimed at enhancing student well-being and academic prowess. The Middle School reported on its efforts to address mental health and service learning, while the High School celebrated student internships, awards, and athletic successes.

The Special Education department noted upcoming events for World Down Syndrome Day and Autism Awareness, and also took a moment to recognize the dedication of its staff members. In a similar vein, the Technology department updated on progress toward a new website, signaling ongoing improvements to the district’s digital infrastructure.

Community involvement was evident in the meeting’s proceedings, with announcements of upcoming events such as a musical performance and a vendor fair.

The meeting concluded without public comments and moved into a closed session to discuss student matters.

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.
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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