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GHS Musical:  Into the Woods
The Glastonbury High School Drama Club and Music Department invite you to their production of Into the Woods. Show dates for this Stephen Sondheim musical and winner of several Tony awards are March 3, 4, 5 (Sunday matinee), 10, and 11. Evening performances start at 7 pm. The Sunday matinee is at 2:00 pm. Doors open a half hour before each performance. Click here to purchase tickets. For more information please call 860-652-7200 x1032.

District News and Announcements

BOE Column—The Glastonbury Citizen newspaper regularly publishes articles submitted by the Glastonbury Board of Education. Click here for our most recent Board column titled State Throws a Curveball. Previous articles can be found on the From the BOE....webpage.

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Students, families, and the entire Glastonbury community is invited to the Foreign Language Literacies Showcase scheduled for March 2nd from 6:00 to 8:00 pm at Smith Middle School. This is a fun evening that will showcase the ways students develop 21st century skills in making cross-cultural connections and building global communities. Projects and activities from grades one to twelve will be on display. Free and open to the public. We hope you will join us! For more information, please call 860-652-7954.

BOE Budget UpdateThe Board of Finance has recommended a $3 million reduction to the Board of Education budget for next year. This large reduction is in response to the Governor’s proposed state budget which greatly diminished our Town’s Education Cost Sharing grant (a decrease of $6.5 million) and shifted a portion of the cost of teacher retirement pensions from the state budget to town budgets (in our case, an additional $5.1 million for our taxpayers to fund). If passed as presented by Governor Malloy, these two measures could have a powerfully negative impact on both the tax burden for Glastonbury citizens and the level of services provided. However, due to the number of towns that would be adversely affected by these proposals, we do not expect them to pass the state legislature. At this time our plan is to be patient and to communicate and collaborate with our town leaders and our community members to ensure that in June we have an education budget that supports Glastonbury students. We will remain reasonable, realistic, and resolute as we monitor the state’s budget process, push for changes, and explore all options to protect our town’s educational system. To view budget documents, learn about the school budget process, and confirm upcoming budget meetings, please visit the BOE Budget page of our website.

Summer Enrichment CampsSchool staff members will be offering a variety of summer camp programs for students. Because these camps are tuition based, there is no cost to the Board of Education. For a complete listing of summer enrichment opportunities, please visit our Summer Camps website. Program brochures are also available at the Glastonbury Public Schools Central Operations office, 628 Hebron Avenue, building two.

Air Conditioning UpdateOur Board of Education is currently discussing a reduction in the scope and plan for air conditioning our schools. While the overall cooling of the entire school is preferable, the critical need for cooling is in classrooms where the majority of learning takes place for students. By choosing a different type of cooling system (ductless split air conditioning) that cools classrooms and small learning areas but not larger areas such as the library, cafeteria, hallways, and gymnasiums, we could cool the classrooms at a greatly reduced cost. We are still working with the Town of Glastonbury to verify cost estimates for using this system at Buttonball Lane, Hebron Avenue, Hopewell, Naubuc and Gideon Welles Schools, but we estimate that the entire project could fall below $2 million. Our original plan for installing central air conditioning in the buildings would cost the town approximately $12.8 million after a projected 33% state reimbursement for the project. In light of the current economic climate and potential elimination of state reimbursements for construction, we strongly recommend this new scope and plan. It will most certainly improve the learning environment in our schools at a considerably better cost. More information is available in the Air Conditioning Revised Scope and Plan Executive Summary and Presentation from the January 23, 2017 Board of Education Meeting.

Kindergarten RegistrationAny child who will be five years of age on or before January 1, 2018 and meets all residency requirements is eligible to begin kindergarten at the start of the 2017-18 school year. A letter will be sent in January to all potential students of whom our district is aware. The letter includes instructions for our registration process. After pre-registering students online, families will be prompted to schedule a brief session with our registrar at the central office. Families will bring the necessary documents for the registrar to scan, which will complete the process. Please complete the registration of your kindergarten student as soon as possible. Appointments with the registrar are available starting January 3rd. Visit the Kindergarten Registration webpage for more information.

School Consolidation—At the December 12, 2016 Board of Education meeting the Board made the difficult decision to close Eastbury Elementary School following the 2017-2018 school year. The vote was based on declining student enrollment and the Board's commitment to provide a high quality education for students at a reasonable cost to taxpayers. It follows intensive research, study, discussion, and public input at Board meetings over a number of years. The Board appreciates administrators and staff members for their work on this issue, parents and community members for taking time to share their thoughts and concerns, and all those who remained patient and involved throughout Board deliberations. Work will soon begin on developing elementary school redistricting plans for the community to review. As always, we will inform the community and invite input during this process. 

Staff Recognition--We are proud to share some of the many accomplishments of our staff and schools. Please click here to learn more about recent staff awards and recognition received by Glastonbury Public School staff members.

GPS Dates to Remember

Veterans Day 2016

Visit the Planetarium!

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Community Newsletter

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