(Copyright 1997. All rights reserved.)

The Tattoo

--- Making a Permanent Impression Since 1994 ---

June 23, 1997

New superintendent shouldn't be a stranger

By HILA YOSAFI
Tattoo Staff Writer

The new superintendent shouldn't be a stranger
in the city's schools, said students on Bristol
Eastern's governance council.

Assistant superintendent Ann Clark will take
over July 1 when Superintendent Edward Maher
retires.

During the school board's lengthy selection
process, the governance councils of both high
schools were asked what they wanted in a new
superintendent.

The governance councils are each made up of four
student representatives, one from each grade;
parents representing each grade level, the
department heads of each subject,
administrators, and a community representative.

They create school rules and help evaluate
programs such as Education 2000.

Selection committee members said students' ideas
generating from the governance council would be
taken into consideration in choosing the next
schools chief.

At Bristol Eastern's final governance council
meeting of the school year, the council
discussed what they wanted to see in the new
superintendent.

The students said they want to be heard by the
superintendent as well as by the school board.

Junior Caroline Paluf, secretary of the council,
said she wants "someone that listens to
students."

Sophomore representative Jessica Zarrella said
she hopes Clark will "hear and take in
consideration [what students say]."
  
All the student representatives want Clark, as
Paluf said, to "know what's going on in schools,
to [actually] set foot in schools."

The adults want Clark to help Bristol do well
educationwise.

Eastern's principal, V. Everett Lyons, said he
hopes Clark will "continue the initiative to
make Bristol an education leader."
 
A parent of a senior and a sophomore, Jim
Hurczyn, wants Clark to "raise standards -- to
consider the school system in the same breath
with Farmington, Avon, and Simsbury."

Dave Scannel, parent of a freshman and junior,
wants Bristol to "coordinate with other towns."

The teacher representatives wanted more specific
things from Clark.

Vocational studies teacher Mike Rogers wants the
technology in the tech wing improved and
increased as well as the whole school overall.

English teacher Art Groth wants "increased
support for the ESL (English as a second
language) program."

Community representative Tony Mattioli would
like to have Clark "continue the effort to have
non college preparation programs, technical
training, and manufacture training, and to work
with businesses for that."

The faculty as well as the students want to be
heard by Clark and the school board.

Pottery teacher Betty Angell said she wants
"someone who really listens to faculty and what
our experiences and needs are."

Assistant principal Daniel Viens, who is not a
member of the council but sat in on the
discussion, said he hopes Clark will "support
and believe in kids."

Only time will tell if Clark and the board takes
the studentsrquote  desires to heart -- and
actually show up in the classrooms.
------------------------------------------
Hila Yosafi serves as the freshman
representative to Eastern's governance council.




RETURN TO HOME PAGE