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Weekly Message from the Superintendent

Superintendent's Weekly Message - January 20, 2023

Dear Staff and Families,

Thank you to the many families and staff members who joined us last weekend for the numerous events commemorating Martin Luther King, Jr. Day.  Each event provided us with the opportunity to remember and reflect on the past and the work that still needs to happen both in Stamford and across the state and country.

Thank you to the City and the community-based organizations that hosted these events for the Stamford community.

2023-2024 Operating Budget

On Thursday, January 12, we had an opportunity to learn more about the school district budget and approval process.  If you missed the presentation, here are the links to the zoom recording and the PowerPoint presentation.

During Tuesday night’s BOE fiscal meeting, Ryan Fealey gave a similar presentation that can be viewed here (video / presentation) for those who were unable to attend.

Highlights of the 2023-24 SPS Proposed Operating Budget:

  • Maintains current programs – no new programs
  • Covers increased healthcare premiums
  • Covers increased utility and fuel costs
  • Allows for implementation of Curriculum Audit recommendations
  • Adopts efficiencies where available

Birth-5 Programs

Stamford Public Schools is partnering with local community organizations to develop resources and plan informational sessions to support families with children ages birth-5.  I want to share one of the Cradle to Career resources that has recently been added to the Stamford Public Schools website that might be helpful to families.

Kindergarten Registration Open Now

If you or someone you know has a child eligible to enter Kindergarten in fall 2023, our registration portal for the 2023-24 school year is now open.  Please register as soon as possible, as it helps us plan for the upcoming year.  Complete instructions and access to the online registration portal may be found here.

Play and Learn Nights - Kindergarten Families

Speaking of Kindergarten, please stay tuned for more information on our annual Play and Learn Nights for incoming Kindergarten families. Play and Learn Nights will take place at all 13 of our elementary schools.

Music Performance

Finally, I want to thank Roxbury music teacher Graham Leftwich, for inviting me to the Winter Concert.  The concert had an 80’s theme and featured the chorus as well as the band and strings known as “Rockestra”.  I’m sure I speak for all of the parents and teachers when I say we had a great time singing and dancing to the music from our generation! 

Thank you to Sara Defilippo, Paul Riccio, Frank Merendino, the Grade 5 team – Denise DiBlasi, Mark Edwards, Ioanna Philippopoulos, Lori Ross, Ashley Salerno, and Kim Shurak – and all of the Roxbury staff who worked tirelessly to make this performance a true hit!

Stay Safe and Healthy!

Dr. Tamu Lucero






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