Spring and summer planning for BOE sees exciting changes taking place

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Dr. Alan Addley has announced his departure after 21 years of service to the Granby Education system—11 as superintendent—and will be taking a superintendent position with the Darien Public School system. Granby has been recognized for its high achieving public schools under Dr. Addley’s watch and in 2018 he was recognized for those achievements as Connecticut’s Superintendent of the Year. The Granby Board of Education has appointed itself as the search committee for the new superintendent, utilizing a search consultant to assist in its efforts.

Wells Road Elementary School Principal Dr. Bailey has announced her retirement and will be incredibly missed. Pauline Greer, currently principal of the Hanmer Elementary School in Wethersfield, has been appointed as her replacement. Greer brings 14 years of kindergarten thru 6th grade teaching and instructional leadership to the district with an expertise in literacy and social and emotional learning. Greer was a longtime Granby resident who only recently moved to East Granby. Her son is a graduate of Granby schools. 

The Start Time Task Force has held many community meetings to inform and educate parents and community members on the research regarding starting Granby schools at a later time.  Time is left at the end of each meeting for questions and discussion. 

Currently two models are being considered. A “push” model that pushes start times at all schools ahead by 40 minutes giving children extra sleep time but will add that time to the end of the school day. The “flip” model allows a later start time for the high and middle schools but an earlier start time for the elementary grades. The taskforce is recommending the push model. More information and data can be found on the Granby Public Schools website under Start Time Taskforce. The next meeting will be May 23 at 7 p.m. in the high school choir room. Dr. Daniel McNally will speak about the benefits of later start times in regards to health and wellness. 

In other BOE news, the Granby/Canton football co-op has been approved. 

The eighth grade moving up ceremony has been scheduled for June 13 and Graduation is on for June 14. 

The 2019 Annual Facilities Report regarding repairs that have been made throughout the district was presented:

Pavers have been repaired around the flagpole at Kelly Lane

Snow guards have been added to the roof at Wells Road

Middle school oil tanks were removed and water heaters installed

Cedar shakes at the high school were replaced with siding, which will cut down on maintenance. Building 1 roof has been replaced, railing replaced, catch basin repaired. Two new mowers and a new auto scrubber purchased

During the Schools in the Spotlight segment of the May 15 meeting, the strings teacher Mrs. Rose and a select group of Kelly Lane violin students performed to showcase the progress of the school’s strings program for kindergarten through second grade students.

A town meeting will be held on May 28 at the Senior Center regarding the Capital Projects. More information can be found on the town’s website.

Please continue to attend the BOE meetings in person at Town Hall the first and third Wednesdays of each month at 7 p.m., on GCTV, or YouTube under GCTV. A copy of all minutes can be found on the BOE  website at granby.k12.ct.us