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About the Board

How the Board of Education & Borough of Naugatuck work together

"School boards are comprised of citizens, elected or appointed, who work with their superintendents to provide the best education possible in their communities. They devote countless volunteer hours to provide leadership and oversight, and connect the will of the community to the education of its children." - C.A.B.E. 2018


Board of Education members pose for a photo
The Naugatuck Board of Education (BOE) consists of 9 members, each of whom serve two years. The BOE and Borough are two separate entities that operate independently of each other yet work together to make our schools successful. Boards of Education in Connecticut have the unique role of serving as agents of the state as well as meeting the needs of the local community.

 

Our Current (2017-18) Board Members pictured left to right, top to bottom are: Diana Malone, Jason Celozzi, Scott Slauson (Secretary), Glenn Connan, James Scully, Ben Wierzbicki (Student), Jeffrey Litke, Dorothy Neth-Kunin (Chair), Ethel Grant, Vice Chair, and Ray Lucarelli (Student). Mayor Hess, not pictured here, is also a member of the BOE.

 

Regular Board Meetings

The board regularly meets at 7 p.m. on the 2nd Thursday of the month in the Board Chambers of Central Office, at 497 Rubber Avenue in Naugatuck. The entrance to the parking lot is just before the entrance to Naugatuck High School. The entrance to Central Office is to the right of the high school building if you are facing it from the street. 

 

 

 

 

The Board of Education has 3 Primary Functions:
  • Set policy to carry out the mandates of the general statutes pertaining to education – serving the educational interests of students;
  • Hire and evaluate superintendent to implement the policies of the Board and serve as the Chief Executive Officer of the district; and,
  • Set annual budget and ensure money is used to meet the educational needs of children
 

Responsibilities of the Board of Education

 
  • Each town maintains control of its public schools through its Board of Education (CGS §10-240).
  • Boards of Education are responsible for implementing the educational interests of the state (CGS §10-220).
  • Boards of Education provide educational activities which, in its judgment, best serve the interests of the school district (CGS §10-220).
  • A Board of Education serves as a board of directors for the school district.
  • A board of Education acts through its Superintendent of Schools, who is the “Chief Executive Officer” of the school district (CGS §10-157(a)).
  • A Board of Education is a “collective” body; authority resides with the Board and not with the individual members. 

 

Frequently Asked Questions

  1. When does the Board of Education budget process start and what is the budget preparation schedule?              The Board of Education budget process begins in October of each year with work being performed by administrators and the board’s business manager. The superintendent’s recommended budget is presented to the board in February. The board’s budget request is presented to the Board of Finance in April.
  2. Where and when are monthly Board of Education Meetings?
    Regular meetings of the Board of Education are scheduled for the second Thursday of each month at a time to be designated by the Board chair. Generally, the public portion of the meeting begins at 7 p.m. and is held in the Board meeting room at 497 Rubber Ave. An annual schedule of meetings is posted at Town Hall in January and on the School District website.
  3. Why does the Board of Education go into Executive Session during its Meetings?
    Connecticut law provides that a Board of Education may exclude the public from its meetings for five reasons only, as follows:
    1. Discussion concerning the appointment, employment, performance, evaluation, health or dismissal of a public officer or employee, provided that such individual may require that discussion be held at an open meeting.
    2. Strategy and negotiations with respect to pending claims and litigation.
    3. Matters concerning security strategy or the deployment of security personnel, or devices affecting public security.
    4. Discussion of the selection of a site or the lease, sale or purchase of real estate by a political subdivision of the state when publicity regarding such site, lease, sale, purchase, or construction would cause a likelihood of increased price until such time as all of the property has been acquired or all proceedings or transactions concerning same have been terminated or abandoned.
    5. Discussion of any matter which would result in the disclosure of public records or the information contained therein described in subsection (b) of section 1-19 of the Connecticut General statutes.
  4. During monthly Board of Education Meetings, can the Board discuss matters that are not included on the monthly Board of Education Meeting Agenda?
    No matter may be discussed by the Board that does not appear on the agenda.
  5. Why is there no public dialogue between Board members and the public during monthly Board of Education Meetings?
    Board of Education Meetings are not public meetings. Rather, they are the business meetings of the Board held in public. The Board takes the opportunity to listen to public comments; however, it is often constrained by the agenda and other factors from responding to the public.
 

Board Leadership Award

  • Naugatuck Board of Education was awarded the 2016 Honorary Award for Naugatuck Board of Education Budget. 

  • Connecticut Association of Boards of Education (CABE) recognized Naugatuck Board of Education in 2016 and 2017 for Board Leadership.

  • The Connecticut Boards of Education (CABE) recognizes boards which provide effective leadership to their districts through the use of good practices. This awards program acknowledges the importance of school board members and superintendents working together as effective teams. Superintendent Sharon Locke congratulated the Naugatuck Board of Education at the November Board of Education meeting for being awarded the Connecticut Boards of Education Board of Leadership Award – Level I. This award recognizes Boards which work effectively together in focusing on student achievement. To be eligible for this award, the Board must have achieved Level I distinction at least twice in the past four years.

  • In addition, the Naugatuck Board of Education won the CABE 2016 Honorary recognition Contest for its Budget Book.

  • These awards were formally presented at the CABE Leadership Awards Reception at the CABE / CAPSS Convention on Friday, in November at the Mystic Marriott Hotel in Groton.