Messages from the Superintendent:

March 22, 2017


Dear Parents, Staff and Concerned Citizens:

It is with much sadness that I provide additional information to the email you received this morning regarding the bus accident in Avon. 

We have been informed the Specialty Transportation driver of bus 22 was tragically involved in an uncontrolled act of nature and died at the scene.  The name of the bus driver has not been released due to the wishes of his wife.  As stated in the earlier message, no children were on the bus at the time of the accident.  

In anticipation that some students and/or families may need support to have appropriate conversations around this issue, we have made available at all our schools pupil services staff for anyone needing support or guidance.  Attached to this letter are resources that you may find informative in helping children deal with grief.  Additionally, the district is providing staff trained in grief counseling to Specialty Transportation employees during this especially difficult time. 

I’ve included below a statement issued by Specialty Transportation:

“It is a sad day at Specialty Transportation with the passing of one of our School Bus drivers.  We ask that your thoughts and prayers are with the driver’s family during this difficult time.  The driver was part of our corporate family and was an exceptional employee who was well respected both by the company and the entire community he served.  I’d like to thank the Town of Avon’s Board of Education for coordinating grief counseling for our employees that have been adversely affected by this tragedy.  Our thoughts and prayers are with the family, our employees and the students and teachers of Avon that have tragically lost an exceptional individual.”

Thank you,
Michael Turner
Vice President
Specialty Transportation, Inc.

Please keep the family in your thoughts and prayers in the coming days.

Gary S. Mala
Superintendent of Schools Avon Public Schools

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March 16, 2017

Dear Parents, Staff and Concerned Citizens:

Yesterday, we received notification from two parents who received an email message which has been inserted on the second page of this message. 

Upon further investigation, this message has been deemed to be associated with a problem with the Meal Pay Plus software program. The following email message was received by the District’s Director of Nutrition Services, Maggie Dreher yesterday afternoon.

---------- Forwarded message ---------
From: Tanya Muldrow <>
Date: Wed, Mar 15, 2017 at 3:50 PM
Subject: FW: MyPaymentsPlus - Low Cafeteria Balance Notification

To: Good Day North East Districts

As you know we are updating our MpP website.  The below message was sent out to parents with a balance less than $5 but it included a few additional that were above $5 (in error).

If you should get a call from a parent and their balance is above $5, please let them know the email was sent in error.  The balance they see on their account (online) is correct and they will receive a corrected email.  Sorry for any inconvenience it has caused. 

-Tanya M.
770.554.6353 x307

---------- Forwarded message ----------
From: MyPaymentsPlus <>
Date: Wed, Mar 15, 2017 at 3:24 PM
Subject: MyPaymentsPlus - Low Cafeteria Balance Notification

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Dear MyPaymentsPlus user,

This is a notification that your student's account has dropped below $5. Please take a moment to log-in and replenish their account. If you made a deposit within the last 24 hours, you may disregard this message.

Best Regards,
The MyPaymentsPlus Team

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Rectifying this problem is our highest priority and we will send an additional notification once Maggie determines how the matter is to be rectified.

Thank you for your patience as this issue is addressed.

Gary S. Mala
Superintendent of Schools Avon Public Schools


March 13, 2017

Dear Parents, Staff and Concerned Citizens:

I am pleased to inform you of the tremendous efforts of our students who participated in the Connecticut MathCounts Competition this past weekend.  Luke Choi (grade 8), Christina He (grade 8), Krishna Cheemalapati (grade 8), and Shreya Sinha (grade 7) along with their coach, Avon Middle School teacher, Mike Netkovick, were one of 26 teams at Saturday's competition held at the University of Hartford.  The first part of the day involved all of the "mathletes" participating in rigorous rounds of math assessments.  The top 16 out of 202 student-competitors then competed head-to-head in a timed duel to accurately solve extremely challenging math problems.  

Luke Choi made the cut as one of sixteen top mathematicians and took First Place in the Countdown round.  It was later announced that as one of four top scoring students, Luke took second place overall and earned a place as Connecticut's representative to the National MathCounts Competition to be held in Orlando, Florida in May 2017.  What an incredible honor for Luke, his family, Avon Middle School and all of us here in the Avon Public Schools.

Please join with me in congratulating the entire AMS MathCounts team for their distinguished honor of finishing 7th overall in the State of Connecticut. 

Gary S. Mala
Superintendent of Schools Avon Public Schools


March 1, 2017


Dear Parents, Staff and Concerned Citizens:

In an earlier message, dated February 15, 2017, I shared with you the impact the Governor’s proposals would have on Avon should the budget be passed. 

The Town of Avon’s finance office staff has rescaled the impact of the Governor’s budget using revised figures just recently received with which I would like to update you. Please click here to read the message in its entirety.

How the Governor’s budget will directly affect Avon will be discussed during a joint special meeting of the Town Council, Board of Finance and Board of Education.  The meeting is open to the public and will be held tomorrow,Thursday, March 2, 2017 at 7:00 pm at the Avon Senior Center, 635 West Avon Road.  If you would like to view the agenda for the meeting, it is available online at:

Have a good evening.

Respectfully yours,
Gary S. Mala
Superintendent of Schools



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