East Haven Needs New Superintendent!


Our​ ​town​ ​is​ ​undergoing​ ​the​ ​process​ ​of​ ​looking​ ​for​ ​a​ ​new​ ​superintendent​ ​to​ ​take​ ​the​ ​place

of​ ​Dr.​ ​Portia​ ​Bonner.​ ​The​ ​East​ ​Haven​ ​Board​ ​of​ ​Education​ ​held​ ​a​ ​focus​ ​group​ ​on​ ​Thursday, September​ ​8th​ ​to​ ​receive​ ​input​ ​from​ ​parents,​ ​community,​ ​members,​ ​and​ ​students.​ They are also working with the Connecticut Association of Boards of ​Education (CABE). CABE is in charge of searching for candidates and then putting them through the interview and qualifications process. ​Everyone’s voice​ ​is​ ​important​ ​because​ ​the​ ​new​ ​superintendent​ ​will​ ​be​ ​deciding​ ​many​ ​aspects​ ​of​ ​our​ ​school culture.​ ​

Besides​ ​having​ ​a​ ​master’s​ ​degree,​ ​in​ ​any​ ​subject​ ​matter​ ​from​ ​an accredited​ ​school, the position of superintendent requires several more certifications. It’s expected that the new candidate will have had at least five years of teaching experience. It’s also a bonus if the new candidate has a some degree or experience in management. What the superintendent basically does is work with the Board of Ed. to set the agenda and create a budget. He/she is in charge of keeping the Board informed of events in the district also tries to recommend what to get done every day.

Several​ ​students​ ​have​ ​expressed​ different ​ideas​ ​that​ ​they​ ​hope​ ​the​ ​new superintendent​ ​will​ ​take​ ​into​ ​consideration.​ ​A​ ​few​ ​students​ ​hoped​ ​the​ the superintendent would bring a new ​school budget​ ​to​ ​the Board of Ed. to be​ ​reconsidered​ ​and​ ​distributed​ ​differently.​ ​Senior​ ​student​ ​Dylan​ ​Mansingh,​ ​hoped​ ​the new​ ​superintendent​ ​“would​ ​give​ ​more​ ​funding​ ​to​ ​the​ ​anime​ ​club.”​ ​Another​ ​student​ ​who​ ​would​ ​like to​ ​remain​ ​anonymous,​ ​would​ ​like​ ​some​ ​of​ ​the​ ​football​ ​team’s​ ​budget​ ​to​ ​be​ ​cut​ ​and​ ​distributed​ ​to other​ ​sports​ ​teams.​ ​Of course, every student and member of the community have different interests which is why it’s so important to let your voice be heard by participating in the district’s focus groups or writing to the Board of Ed.


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