Messages from the Superintendent:

January 6, 2017

Dear Parents, Staff and Concerned Citizens:

In response to a number of questions posed to me today, I wish to take this opportunity to share with you in greater detail how the decision is made to postpone, cancel or open school with normal hours during periods of inclement weather.

Let me begin by stating that the safety of students traveling (via bus or their own vehicles) and staff is the single greatest factor considered when making the decision to alter a school schedule.

My communications with the superintendents of neighboring districts begins at approximately 4:00 a.m. These contacts are followed by my participation in a conference call with the superintendents from the fourteen districts in the north central and north western section of our state.  Also participating in the conference call is a contracted weather professional who has many years of experience advising school districts about the specifics associated with weather events.

Calls are also made to the Avon Police Department, the Avon Department of Public Works and the district’s Director of Operations for reports regarding the conditions of the roads, sidewalks and school parking areas.

Before the final decision is made, communication is again exchanged with the contiguous school district superintendents with a final decision being achieved at approximately 4:45 a.m. The decision is then communicated via district based electronic systems and on all local television and radio stations.

All school delays will continue to be announced as two (2) hour delays.  When such delays are in effect, classes for morning only pre-school students will be cancelled.

This 2 hour delay schedule continues to address a number of issues including but not limited to 1) the need to allow sufficient time for the Town of Avon Public Works to complete their work on local streets, 2) allow district maintenance and custodial staff to adequately prepare all school property due to the inclement weather, and 3) to resolve the frequent, observed confusion regarding bus times and school starting times when any other duration in delay is announced.

My hope is that any weather we experience during the remainder of this winter does not cause a need to significantly disrupt the normal, daily schedules of our schools.

Thank you for your patience and understanding as we continue to provide for the safety of students and staff.  Please do not hesitate to contact me if you have any questions.

As always, I thank you again for the privilege of serving you and your children and hope you enjoy your weekend.

I remain very truly yours,

Gary S. Mala
Superintendent of Schools Avon Public Schools
gmala@avon.k12.ct.us

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January 6, 2017

 

Dear Parents, Staff and Concerned Citizens:

As you may be aware from the statewide press coverage, a school bus accident occurred this morning in Avon.  It is with deep concern that I send this message given the nature of the accident.  However, I feel it is of importance to clarify the circumstances of the accident and answer any questions that may have arisen. 

First and foremost, thankfully the two young students, who are Avon residents, as well as the bus driver, were without serious injury.   

The bus was transporting the two students to Reggio Magnet School, which is part of the CREC school system.  While Reggio is located in Avon, it is not part of the Avon Public Schools.  The Avon Public Schools does not determine daily schedules for Reggio Magnet, the school determines their own schedules including schedules during inclement weather.  I have been in communication with the CREC superintendent as well as Reggio administration to express my concern and offer any assistance they may require. 

To better understand the specifics of what occurred in hopes of preventing future accidents, I was briefed by a representative of the bus company as well as Myles Altimus, our Director of Operations, who responded to the scene of the accident.

Decisions related to weather concerns are made only after considerable deliberation with a local meteorologist whom we retain, the Town of Avon Public Works and my colleagues of surrounding school districts.  Please know that I place the wellbeing of our students and staff at the highest level and will do my utmost in ensuring all arrive to and from school only when conditions are safe.

I remain very truly yours,

Gary

Gary S. Mala

Superintendent of Schools Avon Public Schools

gmala@avon.k12.ct.us

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January 6, 2017                                                                                                         

Avon Board of Education Announces Appointment of Arthur C. Arpin to Interim Principal at Avon High School

The Avon Board of Education and Central Administration of the Avon Public Schools are pleased to announce the appointment of Arthur Arpin as Interim Principal at Avon High School.  This appointment, effective January 17th, follows the previously announced, unexpected departure of Timothy Breslin, Ph.D. who has served as Interim Principal at Avon High School since August of this school year.  

Prior to his retirement, Mr. Arpin served as Principal of the Connecticut International Baccalaureate Academy in East Hartford from November 2005 through June 2014.  Art also serves as President of the Guild of IB Schools of the Northeast, Regional Director on the Board of Directors for the Magnet Schools of America and Chair for the ACT State Council.  In 2012, Mr. Arpin was recognized by the Magnet Schools of America as Regional Principal of the Year.

Art Arpin’s distinguished career also included him serving as a high school administrator for more than twenty-two years.  He was Assistant Principal at Hamden High School, Hamden, Connecticut and Seymour High School, Seymour, Connecticut following thirteen years as a teacher of Spanish in the Auburn, Massachusetts, and the Milford Public Schools and the Colchester Public Schools in Connecticut. 

Mr. Arpin earned his Sixth Year Diploma in Educational Leadership and a Master’s Degree in Adult Education from Southern Connecticut and a Bachelor of Arts Degree from Framingham State College in Framingham, Massachusetts.

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January 5, 2017

Dear Parents, Staff and Concerned Citizens,

I am pleased to communicate with you once again.  The purpose of my communication today is to inform you of the commencement of Kindergarten Registration for the 2017-2018 school year.

Kindergarten Registration Time for Avon Residents

Children whose 5th birthday fall on or prior to January 1, 2018 are eligible to attend kindergarten in the 2017-2018 school year.

Parents are asked to register their age-eligible child by Friday, March 17, 2017.  Registration information and the necessary forms are available on the district website www.avon.k12.ct.us, click on “Parents” tab and click “Registration".

Kindergarten parent orientation meetings will take place at Roaring Brook School and Pine Grove School on Wednesday, March 8, 2017 at 6:30 p.m. (snow date Thursday, March 9).

The Avon Board of Education registration office is open Monday through Friday from 8:30 a.m. to 3:30 p.m.  If you have any questions, please contact the Registration Office at 860-404-4700, or stop by the Avon Board of Education Offices at 34 Simsbury Road.

Thank you for your continued support.

I remain very truly yours,

Gary S. Mala
Superintendent of Schools
Avon Public Schools
gmala@avon.k12.ct.us

 

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