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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.

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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