Update on Collaboration and Next Steps

Update on Collaboration and Next Steps
Posted on 10/07/2020
Red and Blue Puzzle Piece

Dear Community,

For months, nearly every email has been related to COVID-19, the pandemic, and re-opening of schools. While this has been our most pressing business, there has been other important ongoing work that I wanted to share.


Last July, the Litchfield Board of Education and the Regional School District No. 6 Board of Education embarked on a historic collaboration. Great progress has been made to share resources between two districts. In many ways, history is being written, but there is much more work to accomplish.


The following are updates on some collaboration news and important next steps.


Curriculum – Shared Chief Academic Officer


As part of our ongoing collaboration, both Boards of Education have approved a joint Chief Academic Officer to oversee Curriculum, Instruction and Assessment. I am excited to share that Mrs. Amy Kennedy will begin in this role effective September 1st.


Amy, a long-time resident of Litchfield County, began her career in education as a classroom teacher in 2003 at Goshen Center School where she taught first grade for several years before shifting to the K-6 Technology Specialist. A graduate of the CCSU Educational Technology Leadership graduate program, Amy has supported students and teachers in best practices with curriculum, instruction, and technology integration. Amy holds her administration certification through Sacred Heart University and since 2017, has served as the K-12 Director of Curriculum, Instruction and Assessment for Region 6. 


Fiscal Operations


One of our key goals in collaboration has been fiscal conservation and savings. For the last year, David Fiorillo, Chief Financial Officer (CFO), has worked diligently to save both districts thousands of dollars that can then be placed into learning programs and improvements. The savings has come through a shared insurance pool, co-operative purchasing, merger of contracts, and proactive fiscal analysis.


David, because of his work, believes that the CFO position now can be completed as a .6 FTE and has requested this adjustment to his schedule. I have granted this request effective September 1
st. David will still oversee finance and food service. The largest change will be that the Technology Department will now report directly to the Superintendent.


I look forward to David’s continued excellent work addressing the fiscal needs and conservation of expenses that will benefit our towns. 


Workgroup on Collaboration


The Board of Education has approved the formation of a community workgroup on collaboration.


The workgroup will be comprised as follows:

From Each Town of Warren, Morris and Goshen (Total 12)

1 - Elementary Parent (Appointed by BOE)

1 - Secondary Parent (Appointed by BOE)

2 - Community Members (Appointed by BOE)


From District (Total 3)

1 - Administrator (Appointed by Superintendent)

1 - Teacher (Appointed by WAMOGO Educators Association)

1 - Non-Certified Staff (Appointed by Superintendent)


From Town

Town Selectmen (or Designee)


If you are interested in serving on this workgroup you should submit a rationale (no more than 1 page) to the Board of Education by September 10
th. Your rationale should be emailed to cleone@rsd6.org.  Those interested parties must be willing to commit to attending a meeting one Monday per month starting at 6:00 p.m. Those interested should not be employees of the district, or direct relation to staff, board or town employees. After a review of the submitted rationales, the Board will appoint members at its Board of Education Regular Meeting in October.  


In closing, a reminder that there will be a Community Parent Forum tonight at 7:00 p.m.  The link to the meeting is here: Community Forum Link.


Best,

Chris

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