Staffing Cuts, Changes at East Haven Schools

There will be a lot of changes throughout East Haven Schools when student and staff return to the classroom this fall.

UPDATE at 5:45 a.m. on Saturday

In addition to a new middle school principal, East Haven high schoolers may also find themselves with one less assistant principal when the new school year begins this fall.

has cut the assistant principal position at as part of its cost-cutting effort to meet the by the Town Council last month, according to a New Haven Register report.

The high school currently has two assistant principals: Robert Proto and Elizabeth Mazzu.

Cutting the position will reportedly save the district some $120,000 a year in salary costs.

In other staffing changes, principal Karen Schmidt is retiring. And current Principal John Prato is moving over to Momauguin School, to fill the vacancy left by current  Principal Joanne Manginelli, who is leaving to take a new post in another school system.

This has led to the opening at the middle school, and now at Overbrook, prior to the start of the new school year.

But The Register's Jennifer Swift reports the decision to cut the assistant principal at the high school is not a final one, as school board members are looking for other ways to bring the new school year's budget down to the approved 1.1 percent increase from the 3.6 percent proposed by the school administration.

That 1.1 percent increase amounts to a $500,000 in additional funds from the current 2011-12 budget.

That slight increase in district spending is expected to be offset through .

As an Alliance District member, East Haven Public Schools has been identified as one of .

And the grant, which the administration is required to apply for, is a conditional one — it must be used to reform and improve the district's student performance and achievement. This means the money, if approved by the state, has limited areas it can be applied in the district's budget.

In other cost cutting measures, the board also did not fill the positions of certain teachers and staff members who are retiring over the summer.

ORIGINAL STORY (Friday at 5:45 a.m.)

It appears that when East Haven middle school students return to classes this fall they'll not only have — but a new principal, too.

East Haven Public Schools has posted an advertisement on the district's website seeking applicants for the position of principal.

The middle school's current principal is John Prato.

The employment ad was posted on Tuesday. The deadline for candidates to submit their applications is July 11. And the new principal's start date is listed as Aug. 27.

Prato and Superintendent of Schools Anthony Serio were unable to be reached for comment Thursday evening.

Momauguin School Principal

In addition to Prato, two other administrators have also given their notice they are leaving their posts.

Momauguin School Principal Joanne Manginelli is leaving her position this summer in order to assume a director's position with the Hartford Public School System.

As East Haven Patch first reported via Facebook, Board of Education Chairman Thomas Hennessey announced Manginelli, an East Haven resident, was moving on to take the new post at the board's meeting June 12 meeting.

The opening, however, has not yet been advertised on the district's website.

Director of Pupil Services

Additionally, the school district is also looking to hire a new director of pupil services. The district's current director is Mary Acquarulo.

Acquarulo gave her notice she was leaving earlier in the school year.

The new public services director is scheduled to start on July 1, according to the employment advertisement posted on the district's website.

East Haven Patch will continue to provide additional updates on the new principals and director as more information becomes available.

Mike Liso June 29, 2012 at 10:20 AM
Hopefully the Board will hire from within the system as there are qualified individuals who have worked hard to earn the promotion. There is no need to go outside the system as they have done in the past. What message does that send to the current qualified people? The qualified people in the system know the system and have been here for some time. They know that there's no need to re-invent the wheel. Let's keep the politics and cronyism out of the hiring process.
Lou June 29, 2012 at 02:00 PM
The system seems to be broken. This is my opinion due to the fact that I pay the same if not more taxes in this town compared to other towns in CT and EH school system is placing in the bottom 10% category for the worst school systems in the state. Wake up, I think it is a great time to re-invent the wheel.
Julie Weisberg (Editor) June 29, 2012 at 03:14 PM
Betty Reynolds Ruggiero posted this comment on Facebook: "They needed one for a long time!"
Shirley Hally June 29, 2012 at 04:44 PM
And my Aunt Betty is right!
Mike Liso June 29, 2012 at 05:24 PM
The Middle School administrators have done the best they could. The problem seems to stem from the attitudes of the students and the parents who think their kids could do no wrong. The teachers in the Middle School do their job and do it well and yet get critized. Maybe more parents should take a more active part in school activities, PTO and such. Having been a Custodian in that school for 6 years I know quite well where the problems came from.
Teresa June 30, 2012 at 02:32 AM
Hate to see Mr.Prato go,Hhe really knows how to get the job done!I hope all is well with him,he will be greatly missed.
Sam Giglio June 30, 2012 at 11:48 AM
Every year its the same story with the BOE, we need to make cuts move in the right Direction. But every year in March or April its back to the Town Council We need more Money. Where is the plan to make this a good and affordable District. Most of the cuts get done to the ones making the lest, And every so often they throw in a top Dog who may be doing a great job. If this School District was a privet Business and was run the way it is it would be filling for Chapter Eleven. The Product (Students) that they are here for our not even rated near or close to the top in the State of Connecticut. Please get a plan in order how many more times can you go to the well?
Patrick Madley June 30, 2012 at 01:41 PM
I'm not 100% sure but I think the plan is to take one of those assistant principals at the high school and move that person to the middle school as the principal.
In my opinion it is a shame that due to the budget put forth by the Maturo Adminastration that the students will be paying the price. The Students deserve much better. The students of our school system need to be given the very best tools they can to become successful in today's world. Instead they are being penalized and not being given the very best they should be.
Rosie June 30, 2012 at 02:13 PM
I agree, it is a shame the kids have to suffer. I am sure the previous administrations flat line budget 2 years in a row, causing the district to have to cut teachers and services, had nothing to do with causing the district scores to plummet due to the lack of resources. Yes, these students have taken hit after hit from our mayors. It really is a shame that education is the first thing cut, yet everyone wants to complain that the school system isn't good. It all starts at the top, and unfortunately, our top officials have not been very education friendly, all due to politics and who's who, for at least the past 4 years. On that note, there are a lot of rumors flying on who is replacing who. There are several people, including instructional leaders, interested in the jobs. The Pupil Services job has already been filled. They are also thinking of not replacing the nurses who retired and splitting schools. How can there not be full time nurses in each school? That is outrageous. Just more of the same...the top officials make money hand over fist and the rest suffer...
Rosie, I agree.."Just more of the same...the top officials make money hand over fist and the rest suffer..." It does start at the top how much money is Mr Serio being paid and why was he given a contract extension when "As an Alliance District member, East Haven Public Schools has been identified as one of the state's lowest-performing districts."?
Rosie June 30, 2012 at 05:36 PM
I actually agree with you Mr. Hoff. Mr. Serio makes somewhere around $160,000 a year, and the assistant super, Mrs. Forti, somewhere around $130,000. (I may be off on these amounts, they may even be higher, I have to check this out) And that is not including the $6000 per year stipend for attending meetings, events, etc.. Way to much to have failing schools. And they had the gall to ask for and get raises this year along with the contract extensions. But it's the students first who suffer and the "little" people in the system, like nurses, secretaries and such that they fight tooth and nail NOT to give anything. Try running the schools without them and see what happens. But Serio and Forti sit up on the hill and do nothing to earn their money. They should be ashamed.
Brandi June 30, 2012 at 06:00 PM
Rosie, The nurses not being in school's full time is a major problem my son has asthma & I've had two incidents where my son needed his inhaler where no nurse was at the school to adminster it in the first case a sub gym teacher told my son to go sit and relax when he told her he had to go to the nurse for is inhaler because the nurse wasn't in school (he was in 2nd grade) then after gym spent the rest of his day at his desk with his head down scared because he knew he wasn't breathing right when he got home his breathing was still off and the school said they were sorry but noone was aware he had an inhaler cause the nurse wasn't in which is unacceptable a 2nd grader isn't going to ask for his inhaler if he doesn't have one and the second incident took place in 3rd grade the nurse once again wasn't in school my son needed his inhaler this time the principal administered his meds incorrectly and they didn't work so he had to be picked up from school brought to the Dr so they could moniter him til his meds could be adminstered again cause in school he was given double the puffs he should have and even though the dr felt it was done incorrectly they couldn't take the chance of giving him to much so he sat in the dr office on oxygen for 3 hrs till he could have his inhaler once again and it worked right away which shows he wasn't given it properly the first time and once again I got an Im sorry I wasn't sure how to do it
Brandi June 30, 2012 at 06:02 PM
(Comment con.) I've never had to use an inhaler for someone before really no nurse and the principal can't do it right if my child had ending up in the hospital or worse what then and one time it was carbone school the second time eha which both schools share the middle school yet they couldnt use the middle school nurse. I think all school's should have a nurse and if they don't then someone in the building should be trained to meet the students needs such as being capable of properly adminstering an inhaler sorry to go on a rant this is just one issue that really bothers me that I believe is a no brainer and shouldn't be an issue at all
Rosie June 30, 2012 at 07:44 PM
Brandi, I completely agree with you. Not having a full time nurse in a school, with all the asthma and allergies now is just plain irresponsible. And asking for a law suit. My daughter has asthma as well, and she had a phenominal nurse in her school, but if the nurse is not in, then there should be sub nurses available, just like sub teachers. No way should schools have to share a nurse. And the principal, teacher, or secretary should NOT be responsible for doing a nurse's job. they are NOT trained for it and should not be doing it. This is a huge issue with me as well. But, as long as the superintendent is sitting in his cushy office making the big bucks, who cares, right?? Parents need to be more vocal on this issue. From what I understand, no decision has been made yet, but 2 nurses did retire, and I haven't seen any job postings yet.
Joey June 30, 2012 at 08:57 PM
There should be a nurse at every school but it's plain negligence that no one called 911 when there wasnt a nurse available. There are trained paramedics in the fire dept who can handle any medical emergency
Michelle Petroccio July 01, 2012 at 06:02 PM
Mike, I couldn't agree with you more! And I must say, Phyllis Savo is the most deserving of the Principal's position at JMMS, and it is a true shame that Neil Sullivan's position was eliminated. He worked so well with the kids and the parents alike. I have graduated two children from JMMS, and have two to go. I have never ever had any negative issues with the school, and am a very involved parent in my childrens' educations. The high school definately has it's issues since changes in the administration have happened over the last few years, but for the most part, the teaching staff is wonderful and they are fortunate to be gaining Neil Sullivan to the faculty.
Jerry Lewis July 01, 2012 at 07:33 PM
I assume everyone's motor vehicle tax went up over 12% from last year. Where is that extra revenue going?


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