Six Administrators Honored at Annual Membership Reception

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More than ninety colleagues – both active and retired – attended CAS’ 65th annual membership reception on May 9th, enjoying a short break from the chaos and craziness that inevitably erupt at this time of year. Formerly a business meeting at which we discharged the duties and responsibilities required by our Constitution, this annual event has been transformed into a relaxing, end-of-the-year reception and awards ceremony.

CAS President Dr. Rosie Vojtek, principal of Ivy Drive School, gave a lighthearted and untraditional end-of-year report, whisking us back in time by leafing through an edition of “The CAS Enquirer.” The fictional publication provided a whirlwind look at the defining moments in CAS-CIAC’s rich history and included a number of humorous highlights from the CAS BULLETIN dating back to the 1990s. If you are looking for a chuckle and a stroll down memory lane, be sure to browse the full issue!

In her Executive Director’s Report, Dr. Karissa Niehoff shared reflections on the past year, highlighted our successes and considered the challenges facing the profession and the association in the future. “We have many challenges before us: Betsy DeVos is arguably the biggest. We will no doubt be mired in the issues around school choice and the threats posed relative to ESSA implementation and the funding of federal grant programs,” stated Dr. Neihoff. On a more positive note, she added, “The ‘busy-ness’ of our business means that schools are working harder than ever to meet the needs of students, staff and families. Despite the added demands, however, the passion and dedication of educational leaders has arguably never been stronger.”

2017 Award Winners (clockwise from top left): Laurie Boske, Deane Renda, Rich Dellinger, Beth Smith, Vickie Reed and Jon Capone

Following Dr. Niehoff’s remarks, President Vojtek presented distinguished service plaques to outgoing board members. These individuals have either reached the end of their term or are leaving prematurely due to retirement or promotion. This year, nine members were awarded plaques for their service (not all were in attendance):
• Laurie Boske, Brownstone Intermediate School
• Michael Foran, NBHS Satellite Careers Academy
• Kim Gallo, Shepaug Valley School
• Kent Hurlburt, Buttonball Lane School
• Glenn Lungarini, Pomperaug High School
• Paul Newton, Edgar Parkman Elementary School
• Lee Panagoulias, Branford High School
• Dan Sullivan, South Windsor High School
• Colleen Weiner, Middletown High School

President Vojtek also welcomed members who, in the coming school year, will be new to an elected board position.

  • Joining the CAS Board of Directors are: Tiffany Caouette from Pleasant Valley School and Carter Welch from Jerome Harrison Elementary;
  • The CIAC Board of Control will have four new faces: Mike Barile, Valley Regional High School; Dave Tanner, E.O. Smith High School; Anna Mahon, Amity Regional High School; and, Uyi Osunde, Windsor High School;
  • Newly appointed to the Elementary School Board of Control are: Joe Macrino, Lewin Joel School; Jennifer Olson, Irving School; Evelyn Robles-Rivas, Worthington Hooker School; and, Shawn Simpson, Alcott Elementary School;
  • Assuming a spot on the Middle School Board of Control is Cori DiMaggio from Westbrook Middle School;
  • The Principals’ Center board welcomes Ken Chichester, Northwestern Regional High School; David Pierson, Ellington Middle School; Scott Jeffrey, Highland Elementary School; and Amy Yost, Sunnyside Elementary School; and,
  • Alison Moger from Waterford High School will be a newcomer to the Connecticut Student Activities Conference Board of Control.

The reception concluded with an awards ceremony honoring members who have made extraordinary contributions to the association. This year, three deserving individuals were selected to receive a CAS Letter of Commendation: Laurie Boske, principal of Brownstone Intermediate in Portland; Jon Capone, athletic director of West Haven High School; and, Deane Renda, principal of Whisconier Middle School in Brookfield.

The CAS Citation, the association’s highest honor, was awarded to three veteran CAS-CIAC administrators: Dr. Richard Dellinger, principal of Amity Middle School in Bethany; Victoria Reed, principal of Highland Elementary School in Wallingford; and Dr. Beth Smith, headmaster of Shelton High School. Together, Rich, Vickie and Beth have a combined total of 41 years of service to the association!

The award presentations were made by Paul Newton, principal of Edgar Parkman School in Enfield and chair of the CAS Awards and Recognition Committee.