BOE retreat set for Saturday - public welcome!

NEW HAVEN – The New Haven Board of Education will have a retreat on Saturday, Sept. 21, at East Rock Community Magnet School, 133 Nash St. The retreat will go from 9 a.m. to 1 p.m. and is open to the public.
The goal of the New Haven Board of Education retreat is twofold. First, the board will consider and affirm the progress and direction of its School Change Initiative.  Second, the board will consider and discuss its role as the governance body for New Haven Public Schools and a leader of the school change effort, particularly in light of the transition to a new superintendent of schools and a new mayor.
The public is welcome to attend the retreat and there will be opportunities for public participation.
“With a new superintendent in place and a new mayor on the way in January, this is the perfect time for the board to consider its role as a governance body and to think about ways to better engage parents, staff members and the public in important discussions. This is a critical time of transition for the city and school district and so it is all the more important that we have a clear vision and a sturdy foundation as we embark on the next phase of School Change,” said Board of Education President Dr. Carlos Torre.
Specific topics of discussion at the retreat will include:

  • ·         Review of progress against the School Change goals of closing the achievement gap, cutting the drop-out rate, and ensuring that every student is ready and able to be successful in college
  • ·         The role of the board in governance of the school district;
  • ·         Scheduling key agenda items and decisions that the board has to make throughout the year, and discussing how agendas are constructed and publicized;
  • ·         Board meeting logistics, including location and format, committee purpose and structure, and communication with district staff and the public; and
  • ·         Taking steps to create two non-voting positions student representative son the board.

More details, including an agenda for the meeting, will be posted in the coming days. Coffee and a light breakfast will be served at the retreat.