New Britain schools have taken in 167 displaced by storms

Published on Monday, 4 December 2017 22:30
Written by Skyler Frazer

Staff Writer

NEW BRITAIN - As of Friday, 167 students displaced by this year’s Caribbean hurricanes have enrolled in city schools.

School Superintendent Nancy Sarra announced the numbers at Monday night’s Board of Education meeting.

In collaboration with Central Connecticut State University and the Ana Grace Project, the school district has collected winter clothing, school supplies and other items for families forced to leave Puerto Rico and other islands.

It was determined supplies should also go to other families in the city in need.

“Going beyond just the victims of the hurricanes, we have a lot of families in need so we’ll be giving to them as well,” Sarra said.

School uniforms are still needed for the new students, so the district has made a $7,500 request to the Community Foundation of Greater New Britain to help buy additional clothing.

In other action Monday, the Board of Education:

n Approved a job description for a family engagement liaison to serve as an intermediary between the school, family and community to identify needs of students and to match them with appropriate resources.

n Approved a salary proposal for a school readiness liaison, which will increase the position’s salary from $59,642 to $70,000. The position is fully funded through School Readiness Grant funds. Board of Education member Merrill Gay said the district has historically underfunded the position.

“When I was on the School Readiness Council, we did a survey of all the other school readiness liaisons in the state and we were on the bottom 5 percent of what was being paid statewide,” Gay said, adding that if the district’s current liaison left it would have a great difficulty in hiring a replacement with that salary.

n Accepted a donation of $600 from Annette Maldonado to go to the Pulaski Guitar Ensemble.

n Accepted a donation of $645 from the Mayor’s Charitable Fund for uniforms for the Northend cheerleaders.

The next Board of Education meeting is 6 p.m. on Monday, Dec. 18 at Northend Elementary School.

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Posted in New Britain Herald, New Britain on Monday, 4 December 2017 22:30. Updated: Monday, 4 December 2017 22:33.