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Weekly Message from the Superintendent

Superintendent's Weekly Message - June 21, 2024

Dear Staff and Families,

As summer break gets underway, I want to take a moment to thank our building leaders – the Principals and Assistant Principals – who are responsible for the operation of our individual schools.  We met on Monday for our annual District Leadership Team (DLT) retreat to reflect on the recently completed school year and the work completed as part of Vision 2025.  Our building leaders are already hard at work preparing for the 2024-25 school year, and we appreciate everything they do year-round to support students, staff, and families. 

Vision 2025 Update

During the DLT retreat we discussed progress towards Vision 2025, which is the roadmap to ensure SPS reaches and exceeds the goals outlined in the 2022-27 Strategic Plan.  More than 60% of the PreK-12 core curriculum used in classrooms during the 2023-24 school year was Gold Star Standard.  We also implemented an instructional leadership training and coaching program for our building leaders.  In addition, the Professional Growth, Development, and Evaluation (PGDE) committee worked hard all year to develop new teacher evaluation guidelines that will go before the BOE for approval on June 25 before being submitted to the Connecticut State Department of Education.  

Facilities Update

I’d also like to acknowledge our facilities team for their hard work during the 2023-24 school year.  Some of the highlights of the school year included the introduction of the on-line building use form and payment system, HVAC upgrades in numerous buildings, and helping to secure approval for the construction of the two-campus K-8 South School at a 60% state reimbursement rate.  

Budget Thank You

As we approach the start of the FY25 fiscal year on July 1, I want to once again thank the Boards of Education, Finance, and Representatives for their support of the FY25 budget.  Their support will enable us to realize a number of long-time goals, including reopening elementary media centers, placing Multi-Tiered System of Support (MTSS) teachers in every building, and opening a comprehensive SPS Welcome Center at Cloonan Middle School.

Juan Pazmino to Lead Office of Family and Community Engagement!

Earlier this week we announced that Juan Pazmino – who is currently Dean of Students at Westhill – has been selected to lead the Office of Family and Community Engagement (OFCE).  Juan began his SPS career as a Family Resource Facilitator with OFCE in 2006 and we are thrilled to welcome him back to carry on the work of retiring OFCE director Mike Meyer.  Juan will be the district’s primary liaison to external organizations and agencies providing services to SPS families and will help ensure families have access to resources that will help their children thrive in our District.  Read more about Juan here.  

A Special Retirement Message

I want to close by taking a moment to celebrate and thank Mike Meyer for his 38 years of service to Stamford Public Schools.  Mike is retiring on June 30th, and we all owe him a debt of gratitude for the difference he made in the lives of Stamford’s students and families.  Mike led the Office of Family and Community Engagement with vision and passion, and his contributions to SPS will not be forgotten.  Please join me in congratulating Mike on a truly impactful career and wishing him health and happiness in retirement. 

 

Stay Safe and Healthy!

 

Dr. Tamu Lucero

Superintendent

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