March 11, 2014
Dear Parents, Staff and Concerned Citizens:
I am very pleased to communicate with you once again and hope you are anxiously waiting for the beginning of spring.
As you may or may not be aware, the Board of Education commenced the major project to review and revise all of its policies using a third party assessment completed by the Connecticut Association of Boards of Education (CABE). This work began at the commencement of the last school year and continues at the present time. Given the voluminous number of policies being reviewed, this project will take a significant amount of time.
With this initiative in mind, the district has revised the section of our website to facilitate a less complicated method for you to locate policies if you are so inclined to do so. The policies governing the activity of the district are located under the Board of Education tab and are arranged by series order. Each series is associated with a specific function of the district organization.
In addition to rearranging the order in which the series are presented, a search features has been activated. The search feature may be used within each series but does not search all series simultaneously. To conduct a search of a series, please use the following directions:
Select and open a specific file or policy series. CTRL F will bring up a find/search window in the top right hand portion of the screen. Type in the word or phrase you are looking for and it will highlight each requested word or phrase within the selected file. There is an arrow on the search window that will allow you to scroll to the locations of where all the words are found.
In the future, when the Board of Education is considering a revision to a specific policy and/or series of policies (1000), it will be posted in this section of the website and labeled “Drafts” using the commonly known “track changes feature.” This will allow you, the reader, to readily see what is under consideration for change by the Board of Education.
We hope you find these upgrades satisfactory and helpful to you in the future.
On a completely unrelated matter, the Board of Education voted unanimously last Friday morning to award Specialty Transportation of Hartford the contract to provide student transportation services to the Avon Public Schools for the time period 2014-2015 through 2018-2019. Specialty Transportation replaces DATTCO who has been providing transportation to and from schools for the past twenty years. Please join me in welcoming Specialty to the group of very skilled service providers serving our students.
In closing, I wish to thank you for your continued support and wish to extend to you my sincerest gratitude for serving you and your children.
I remain very truly yours,
Gary S. Mala
Superintendent of Schools
Avon Public Schools
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