NEW BRITAIN - The Board of Education was treated to a different sort of welcome Monday night during its meeting at Jefferson Elementary School.
Students waited at the school’s entrance to shake the hands of board members and others visiting the school for the meeting.
After the meeting attendees took their seats in the auditorium, kindergartners treated them to the school’s “Jefferson Jets” song, which showcases what makes them Jefferson students and why they’re proud of their school.
Lisa Zesut, a music teacher at Jefferson, then led the Jefferson Hotstix in a drumming performance.
During the meeting, numerous New Britain students received tokens of appreciation from Atsugi, Japan, one of New Britain’s sister cities. As part of a yearly partnership, students from New Britain elementary schools and students from schools in Atsugi exchange artwork to be displayed in each other’s cities.
In other action Monday:
n The board voted to settle a worker compensation case for $5,000.
n The board was presented a new format and program for teacher evaluations in the school district. Under the new format, teachers will undergo more evaluations annually.
“I think this is a good model for evaluations,” said board President Nick Mercier.
n The board was heard an analysis of how New Britain High School tracks chronic absenteeism. The analysis came after board members asked for more details as to how the school deals with the problem and what administrators do to combat it.
n School Superintendent Nancy Sarra announced that the Ana Grace Project has raised money to fund a $25,000 college scholarship for a NBHS student who shows “grit and resiliency.”
The Board of Education will next meet at 6 p.m. May 8 at the New Britain Educational Administration Center at 272 Main St.
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