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From the Board of Education
December 4, 2013
Dear Darien School Community,
The Darien Board of Education was deeply saddened to learn of the loss of Mrs. MaryLee Fisher, former principal of Tokeneke Elementary School. Mrs. Fisher passed away last Wednesday following a short illness.
Mrs. Fisher served as Tokeneke Elementary School Principal for 15 years prior to her retirement in 2011. She was considered an outstanding educational leader who demonstrated a deep commitment to supporting the learning needs of students. Notably, Mrs. Fisher played an important role in the planning and building of the new Tokeneke Elementary School.
A former art teacher, Mrs. Fisher was honored following her retirement with the dedication of a beautiful mural at Tokeneke Elementary School that depicts images of different characters from classic children’s literature. As members of the school community see this mural in the library setting, they are reminded of Mrs. Fisher’s love of the arts and of her meaningful contributions to the Darien school community.
We will remember Mrs. Fisher in our hearts and minds and we offer our deep sympathy to her family.
With the support of Mrs. Fisher’s family, a memorial scholarship fund in recognition of Mrs. Fisher’s love of the arts and contributions to the Darien Public Schools is being established by the Tokeneke PTO. This scholarship will be given to a Tokeneke graduating senior who plans on pursuing post-high school study of the arts. Contributions can be sent to:
MaryLee Fisher Arts Scholarship
c/o Tokeneke School
7 Old Farm Road
Darien, CT 06820
Darien Board of Education
Last Updated (Thursday, 05 December 2013 15:19)
Darien Public Schools Implementation of Visitor Management System Tuesday 12/3
The Darien Public Schools will feature a new visitor management system beginning on Tuesday, December 3, 2013. Visitors who wish to enter school buildings will be requested to scan their photo identification and receive a visitor's badge. This is part of a new security clearance system aimed at making our schools safer for students and staff. It offers us a high-tech way of keeping track of who is in our buildings at any time and is useful in cases of emergency.
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APPOINTMENT OF INTERIM SUPERINTENDENT OF SCHOOLS:
Last night the Board of Education appointed Dr. Lynne Pierson as Interim Superintendent of the Darien Public Schools. The Board also wishes to thank Timothy Canty, Acting Superintendent of Schools, for his dedication, professionalism, and leadership during this school year. Dr. Pierson will officially join the Darien Public Schools on November 19, 2013, and we know the entire school community will be eager to meet and welcome Dr. Pierson. A press release is attached. Thank you.
FROM THE BOARD OF EDUCATION:
On Monday, November 4, 2013 at a special Darien Board of Education meeting, Attorney Sue Gamm shared her findings on the Special Education investigation. The video of the meeting is available for viewing here. Please click here for the Executive Summary and click here for Attorney Gamm’s Power Point Presentation. The complete report will be delivered to the Darien Board of Education within a few weeks. The Board will promptly share the full report with the school community. Thank you.
FROM THE ACTING SUPERINTENDENT OF SCHOOLS:
As you may know, the school district is undertaking a number of changes and initiatives in special education to comply with the decision(s) of the Connecticut State Department of Education (CSDE). One of these initiatives is offering IEP Facilitation to our school community. According to the CSDE, “IEP Facilitation is a student focused process in which a trained, neutral facilitator assists the IEP team in working collaboratively to reach consensus and develop an IEP that meets the needs of the student.” The purpose of IEP Facilitation, according to the CSDE, is to assist parents and schools in providing “a process that results in an appropriate IEP by assisting the team to stay focused on the student’s individualized needs and to communicate effectively.” IEP Facilitation is a purely voluntary process for parents; the school district will honor and process each request for IEP Facilitation. We encourage the school community to learn more about IEP Facilitation at the school district’s website (http://www.darienps.org/) where the following information is available:
Last Updated (Thursday, 31 October 2013 12:58)