Welcome to Thomaston Public Schools

 

The Thomaston Board of Education

unanimously approved the

2014-2015 Thomaston Public Schools Budget

on Monday, February 24, 2014. 

Click here to view the BOE-approved budget document

Click below to view the BOE-approved

Five-Year Capital Expenditure Requests

This BOE-approved budget will be presented to the Board of Finance on Tuesday, March 11, 2014, at 7:00P.M. in the Town Hall, Meeting Room One.


 The Thomaston Board of Education is developing a long-term plan for the District through a process called the Long-Term Educational Utilization Plan.

The Thomaston Board of Education has posted a form for all Thomaston residents wishing to receive information about the Long-Term Educational Utilization Plan (LTEUP).

This form allows residents who do not have a child enrolled in Thomaston Public Schools to provide the District with an email address, cellphone number, or landline telephone number to receive communications from the District about the LTEUP.

Click the "LTEUP Form" link in the left margin to access this form.


The Thomaston Board of Education

is hosting four Public Comment Forums on

the Long-Term Educational Utilization Plan


Monday, January 27, 2014, Thomaston High School Auditorium at 7:00P.M.

Monday, February 10, 2014, Thomaston Public Library at 12:00P.M.

Thursday, February 13, 2014, Thomaston Center School Auditorium at 7:00P.M.

TBA March 2014, Thomaston Town Hall at 2:00P.M.


Thomaston Board of Education

Special Meeting

Monday, January 27, 2014, 7:00P.M.

Thomaston High School Auditorium

Long-Term Educational Utilization Plan Public Forums

The Thomaston Board of Education is hosting four forums to collect public comment on the Long-Term Educational Utilization Plan process and eventual multi-year plan.  All residents of Thomaston are encouraged to attend and speak.

In December 2013, the Thomaston Board of Education heard enrollment, facility and safety reports from field experts.  These reports fed a January Board discussion.  The next action planned by the Board is to collect public comment.  Four public comment sessions are planned; three are currently scheduled.  

The first public comment session is scheduled for Monday, January 27, 2014, at 7:00P.M. at the Thomaston High School Auditorium.  The next two public comment sessions will be held on Monday, February 3, 2014, at the Thomaston Public Library at noon and later that day at 7:00P.M. at the Thomaston Center School Auditorium.  The fourth public forum date is expected to be announced soon.

The public is encouraged to review the enrollment, facility and security reports as well as the minutes (draft) to the January Board meeting discussion on the same.

If you cannot attend, please send your comments to fcoss@thomastonschools.org.

Click here for the Special Meeting Agenda



Thomaston Board of Education

Special Meeting

 Thursday, December 19, 2013, 7:00P.M.

Thomaston Center School Auditorium

Security, Enrollment & Facility Experts Presenting

Public Comment Welcome

If you cannot attend, please send your questions to fcoss@thomastonschools.org

Click here for more information

Click here for the Special Meeting Agenda


 

Thomaston Board of Education

Announces

Safety, Demographics and Facility Use Presentations

Related to the

Long-Term Educational Utilization Plan

Thomaston, CT – The Thomaston Board of Education is completing the first step in the multi-step process known as the Long-Term Educational Utilization Plan.  This first step, “Identify Challenges,” began in August 2013.  Demographics expert, Dr. Peter Prowda, and Architect John Ireland were contracted to complete an enrollment study and a facility use study respectively.  Police Chief James Campbell has been asked to share his preliminary school safety/security plan.

Dr. Prowda’s enrollment study was shared with the Thomaston Board of Education during the November 2013 Board of Education meeting and soon after with the staff and parents of Thomaston Public School students.  Dr. Prowda will make a formal presentation of his enrollment study to the Thomaston Board of Education on Thursday, December 19, 2013, at 7:00P.M. at the Thomaston Center School Auditorium.

John Ireland, Architect with Silver/Petrucelli and Associates, will also make a formal presentation to the Thomaston Board of Education that same evening.  Mr. Ireland will provide information about the current use of each school facility and offer preliminary options for efficiencies.

Police Chief Campbell will make an informal presentation related to his preliminary school safety/security plan.  A written plan is expected in the next few months.

Chief Campbell, Dr. Prowda and Mr. Ireland will accept questions from Board of Education members.  Thomaston citizens and Thomaston Public Schools staff encouraged to attend Thursday’s Board meeting and to pose questions during the Public Participation* period.  All questions will be chronicled and considered by the Board of Education as they progress to the next step of the Long-Term Educational Utilization Plan, “Determine Problems.”

Superintendent Francine Coss encourages the public to attend Thursday’s meeting, “It is important for the citizens of Thomaston to hear these presentations first-hand and pose questions.” 

In late January 2014 and early February 2014, the Board of Education Chairman and Superintendent will be hosting several public forums at different locations throughout Thomaston.  “These public forums will inform the members of the Board of Education of the opinions held by the citizens of Thomaston and the staff of Thomaston Public Schools,” said Superintendent Coss.  “The Long-Term Educational Utilization Plan is a 12-month plan to identify challenges, determine options, and the best option for the District.  The final stage of the plan will yield a multi-year plan of action for our schools.”

While Thursday’s presentations are focused on enrollment and facilities, the Long-Term Educational Utilization Plan includes the review of other aspects of educational process including but not limited to curriculum, instruction, business practices, staffing and student needs.

Superintendent Coss described the plan as a “comprehensive plan that will capitalize on our strengths and identify our challenges as we work collaboratively to implement a multi-year, district-wide plan for educational transformation.”

For citizens who are unable to attend Thursday’s meeting, Superintendent Coss has posted the enrollment and facility studies documents on the District’s website, www.thomastonschools.net.  Superintendent Coss stated, “Citizens can pose questions to the Thomaston Board of Education by completing the online form by clicking “Contact Us” on the District’s webpage.”

Long-Term Educational Utilization Plan:

The Thomaston Board of Education, in collaboration with the Superintendent of Schools, is employing a Long-Term Educational Utilization Plan for the District.

The Long-Term Educational Utilization Plan is a 12-month plan to identify the challenges affecting Thomaston Public Schools, to determine viable and sound options to address the identified challenges, and to select the option that best addresses the challenges.  Ultimately, by May 2014, this Long-Term Educational Utilization Plan will yield a multi-year plan of action.

Consultants and experts in the field of educational planning, demographics and facility use have provided unbiased data that will be analyzed by the Thomaston Board of Education to identify the challenges affecting Thomaston Public Schools. 

Parents, staff, students and community members will be informed throughout the Plan's timeline, and, more importantly, will be solicited for input related to components of the Plan.  The first public input will be gathered during the December 19, 2013 Regular Meeting of the Thomaston Board of Education.  Other public forums are planned for January and February 2014.  This input will assist the Thomaston Board of Education with determining viable and sound options. 

By May 2014, the Thomaston Board of Education will select the option that best addresses the challenges, yielding a multi-year, district-wide plan for educational transformation. 

Thomaston Board of Education

Long-Term Educational Utilization Plan Timeline

 2013.12.09 LTEUP Timeline Graphic.JPG

Please click here to access Dr. Prowda’s Enrollment Study.

Please click here to access Mr. Ireland’s Facility Use Study Presentation.

Please click here to access Mr. Ireland's Companion Narrative to the Facility Use Study Presentation.

*NOTE:  The Board welcomes public participation in accordance with Thomaston Board of Education Policy 9325(a) - Bylaws of the Board - Meeting Conduct.  Specifically, provision for permitting any individual or group to address the Board concerning any subject that lies within its jurisdiction shall be as follows:

  • Five minutes may be allotted to each speaker and a maximum of twenty minutes to each subject matter.
  • No boisterous conduct shall be permitted at any Board of Education meeting. Persistence in boisterous conduct shall be grounds for summary termination, by the chair, of that person's privilege of address. If necessary, the Chairperson may clear the room so that Board members may continue the meeting.

No oral presentation shall include charges or complaints against any employee of the Board of Education, regardless of whether or not the employee is identified in the presentation by name or by another reference that tends to identify an individual. All charges or complaints against employees shall be submitted to the Board of Education under provision of Board of Education policy. The Thomaston Board of Education is confident you will observe the rules of common courtesy.


Thomaston Public Schools

Announces

New and Returning Board of Education Members

and

Recognizes Retiring Members:

The recent election has brought three new Board of Education members and one returning Board of Education member to Thomaston Public Schools:  Beth Campbell (new), Carol Cervellino (new), Jennifer McDonald (new), and Maureen McMahon (returning).  Retiring Board of Education members, Holly Herbert, Joanne Gilland, and Debra Schriver, have offered support to the efforts of the Thomaston Board of Education through many budget planning seasons, a Superintendent Search, and, most recently, the development of a Long-Term Educational Utilization Plan for the district.

New and returning Board of Education members will be installed with the "Call to Order" for the Regular Meeting on Monday, November 18, 2013 and retiring Board of Education members will be recognized at that same meeting.


Thoughtful Planning:

Addressing the Needs of Our Students through a

Long-Term Educational Utilization Plan

The Thomaston Board of Education, in collaboration with the Superintendent of Schools, is employing a Long-Term Educational Utilization Plan for the District.

The Long-Term Educational Utilization Plan is a 12-month plan to identify the challenges affecting Thomaston Public Schools, to determine viable and sound options to address the identified challenges, and to select the option that best addresses the challenges.  Ultimately, by May 2014, this Long-Term Educational Utilization Plan will yield a two-five year plan of action.

Parents, staff, students and community members will be informed throughout the Plan's timeline, and, more importantly, will be solicited for input related to components of the Plan.

The Thomaston Board of Education is excited by the potential outcomes of the Long-Term Educational Utilization Plan.

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