Retiring Adult Ed Principal appointed to BOE

New Haven – Mayor Toni N. Harp announced at today’s meeting of the Board of Education, City of New Haven her choice to fill a vacant position on the board. Mayor Harp appointed retired Principal Alicia Caraballo to complete a term that will expire September 15, 2016.
Mayor Harp said Ms. Caraballo’s appointment is effective July 1, 2014.
“I am confident that your presence on this Board will be of great benefit to all the citizens of New Haven and especially the students of our public schools system and am delighted at the prospect of your input,” Mayor Harp wrote in a letter to Ms. Caraballo notifying her of the appointment. “It is my hope that your tenure on this Commission will provide you with a rewarding a gratifying experience in public service.”
Mayor Harp said she is confident about Ms. Caraballo’s ability to keep an open mind with regard to individual issues the board of education will consider, even as she brings to her new position the unique perspective of a long-serving former employee.
“Alicia is an exceptional and dedicated leader with deep roots in the New Haven community. I have worked closely with Alicia during my time with the district and I am confident she will be a tremendous asset on the board. I congratulate Alicia on her appointment and I look forward to working with her toward our goal of preparing all New Haven Public School students for success in college, career and life,” said Superintendent Garth Harries.
Ms. Caraballo has served New Haven Public Schools for 26 years, starting out as a school social worker. Over the years, she has worked in various positions, including Assistant Principal, then Principal of Hill Central School, and Supervisor of Career & Technical Education and Special Education. Most recently, she served as principal of the New Haven Adult Education Center for 10 years and is retiring at the end of June. She also serves on the boards of the Community Foundation for Greater New Haven and the Neighborhood Music School.
“I feel so honored that now I have the opportunity to continue to serve in this district and continue to work on behalf of students and staff of New Haven Public Schools in a new capacity that still makes a difference,” Ms. Caraballo said.