School to be renamed in honor of former Superintendent Mayo

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Read the story in the New Haven Independent.
Read the Resolution adopted by the New Haven Board of Education below:
Board of education resolution to rename Helene Grant school as the Dr. Reginald mayo early learning school
Tuesday, November 12, 2013
Whereas, Dr. Reginald Mayo discovered a love for teaching and launched his career as an educator in 1967 as a science teacher at Troup Middle School in New Haven; and
Whereas, Dr. Mayo served as Assistant Principal at Troup and then was the first Principal at Jackie Robinson Middle School; and
Whereas, Dr. Mayo was promoted to K-8 Director of Schools and then Executive Director of School Operations; and
Whereas, Dr. Mayo became Superintendent of Schools in 1992 and served as a strong and steadfast leader who brought people together and worked tirelessly on behalf of children for 21 years, until his retirement in June of 2013; and
Whereas, Dr. Mayo’s legacy will continue to inspire learning and nurture creativity for decades to come and his accomplishments during his tenure as Superintendent are legion, including:
·         Building the largest Pre-K program in Connecticut, with more than 3,000 preschool slots, and expanding full-day kindergarten to all schools, because all children deserve equal opportunities to begin school ready to learn and thrive academically; and
·         Building the most expansive Inter-district Magnet School Program in Connecticut, with 17 inter-district magnet schools drawing more than 3,000 students from nearby towns, because all students deserve access to richly diverse and academically rigorous schools; and
·         Building the largest School Construction Program in the state, with 37 state-of-the-art schools built or reconstructed and several more under way, because all students deserve a safe, nurturing and inspirational learning environment; and
·         Launching New Haven School Change in 2010, a nationally recognized school reform initiative to close the achievement gap with the state, cut the dropout rate in half and ensure every student can attend and succeed in college, because all students can and should succeed in college, career and life; and
·         Creating a collaborative teacher evaluation system that supports, nurtures and strengthens teachers and a leadership pipeline to develop future principals and administrators, because our students deserve the best teachers and leaders; and
·         Along with Mayor John DeStefano, Jr., launching the New Haven Promise college scholarship and support program, because all students deserve to pursue big dreams, succeed in college and become all that they want to be; and
·         Developing strong community partnerships to support schools and wraparound services through Boost! and other programs and a nationally praised healthy School Food Program, because these efforts are critical in helping students grow and succeed; and
·         Serving as Connecticut  Superintendent of the Year in 2004 and as a national finalist that year; and
Whereas, Dr. Mayo selflessly and passionately served hundreds of thousands of New Haven Public Schools students during his 46 years with the school district, 21 of them as Superintendent of Schools; and
Whereas, through Dr. Mayo’s efforts, the educational environment in New Haven has been transformed.  His vision, leadership, and contributions have changed the face of education in New Haven and made all the difference in the lives of our young people.  He has left an indelible mark on our community – and has always put Kids First; and
WHEREAS, Dr. Mayo through his hard work, persistence and dream of a better future for all kids, serves as an inspirational role model for young people in New Haven; and
Whereas, Dr. Mayo is an outstanding husband to his wife, Patsy; and father and grandfather to their children, Reggie, Jr., Shawn, and Lisa, and his grandchildren, Reginald III, Ryland, Riece, and Shawn Jr.
That the Helene Grant School be renamed the DR. REGINALD MAYO EARLY CHILDHOOD SCHOOL, in perpetuity.