Academic Excellence, Fiscal Responsibility

Praising New Canaan's support of its school system, the new Board of Ed chair said, "top notch schools support the community," as well.

In reflecting on what's best about the New Canaan school system, who was elected chair at the Nov. 21 meeting, said it is the people committed to education who are responsible for its success. 

Hobbs credited the New Canaan community for their financial support, as well as their volunteer efforts and noted the enthusiastic attendance at school events from the arts and academic fairs to athletic contests. "It's important to recognize that, top notch schools support the community" as well she said, "they contribute to real estate values and are an investment in all our futures." 

First and foremost any success is due to the system's teachers, she said who are, "a very caring, professional and dedicated group." The principals and their staffs, the administrators and Board of Education members, are also crucial said Hobbs, who has an extensive background in education including fifteen years as a principal in the Greenwich schools, and as the founding headmistress of the independent .

, who has announced that he will step down at the end of this school year, has shown, "dedication and high integrity" in his work in New Canaan and has worked hard to ensure that the system's teachers have the resources and support essential for a quality education, she said.

Two key challenges ahead for and .

The school budget, which will be presented to the town boards in early 2012, is a year-round effort, spearheaded by , Hobbs said. 

The , about 60% of the town's total budget.  said the percentage has been consistent over the years, a figure she said is also in line with peer towns in the area.

Hobbs said with the budget the goal is always, "looking to make sure any inefficiencies throughout the school system can be removed and made more efficient," while, "keeping the classroom intact."

Regarding the superintendent search, Hobbs said they expect to announce their choice for a consultant very shortly. The process will be similar to that undertaken last year when was hired to succeed as NCHS Principal, she said. Focus groups with various constituencies, an online survey and meetings are all planned.

The goal is to have the new superintendent in place two months prior to Abbey's departure, which is planned for July 1, 2012.

Connecticut Patrician December 06, 2011 at 02:10 PM
As long as the federal government and unions are running the schools---No public school will ever truly reach academic excellence or be fiscally responsible. End the Department of Education NOW!
Jon S. December 06, 2011 at 06:11 PM
Not every Patch article is an appropriate venue for your political rants.
Jon S. December 06, 2011 at 06:30 PM
Sorry. Didn’t realize”the system” was “mostly corrupt.” Sorry if you’re unhappy with the local school system. I’m not.
AD December 06, 2011 at 10:19 PM
If you did have children in the NCPS, then you would know that they do excel IN SPITE OF any rules and regulations imposed by the Dept of Ed. Our kids are still able to have classes in science, art, music, and library/computer lab - subjects not necessarily on the regular schedule at schools that only teach to the test. The level of education that they have available despite having to cram for the standardized tests is a testament to the high level of teachers and family involvement in our schools. Many extras are supported by parents, not only by fundraisers, but also with the many hours of time devoted to helping out in the schools -- which does make it truly local. The education made available to the students in New Canaan is on par with what is offered by many of the private schools around here and far exceeds the standards of most of the rest of the country on a public school level. Our teachers are top notch and I have yet to meet a single teacher that is just biding their time or sitting on their behinds taking advantage of "the system". We even have REAL food in our cafeterias thanks to the fact that we don't receive govt subsidies for school lunches. So, I'd recommend you take a closer look at what you clearly are looking down your nose at and call a "govt school". PS It is the #1 reason for your property value.
Eric Freeman December 06, 2011 at 10:49 PM
Patrician, I too once shared your concerns. A few years ago we asked our son apply to private school, he was accepted, and he transferred. After one semester we brought him back to New Canaan. While the private school was very good, we found the New Canaan schools to have great faculty, many more programs, and just more financial resources. Our experience was that our tax dollars have been very well invested in the public schools in New Canaan.
Jon S. December 08, 2011 at 02:41 AM
Dear "Connecticut Patrician": Since you don't live in New Canaan and don't have kids in the New Canaan school system and don't pay taxes here and don't vote here, please don't pontificate to us about how our schools do "zero." Thank you.
Jon S. December 08, 2011 at 01:16 PM
As usual, you miss the point. You have no experience at all with the New Canaan Public School system, and your vitriolic attacks on our schools and our teachers are nothing more than your vain attempt to apply your self-centered political agenda where it doesn't fit. You say you would rather stick needles in your eyes than send your kids to New Canaan public schools? Luckily for us, since you're a Stamford resident, that's not really an option for you, is it? No one named "Stella Hawkins" appears on NC property lists, by the way.
Larry December 08, 2011 at 01:22 PM
Hey C.P., heard your real name is Richard Head.
Elmcrest December 08, 2011 at 01:54 PM
Spy work? You made a claim, and Jon S. called you on it. And his main point is valid. You really don't know New Canaan schools at all, which is what this article is about.
Elmcrest December 08, 2011 at 02:08 PM
Again, you don't know our schools, and your misguided comments on this topic prove it.


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