BRISTOL – Mark Hughes was named the new Bristol Public Schools dean of climate and culture and student supports during the Wednesday meeting of the district board of education.
“It’s not very often you get to do something you’re passionate about, to come to work and be happy,” said Hughes. “That's been my experience the last month here in Bristol.”
He said he was excited to see social initiatives being pushed at BPS and to be part of them.
“Mark will focus his efforts on the evaluation and supervision of our district-wide school social workers, school psychologists and 504 processes,” said BPS Superintendent Dr. Catherine Carbone. “Mark will bring an array of professional and educational experience to Bristol Public Schools.”
According to information provided by the district, Hughes served as a member of the Meriden Board of Education for around 16 years and is a lifelong resident of the town. He also served 12 years as the board’s president. Under Hughes leadership, alternative education programs were created for at-risk students, full-day kindergarten was offered for all desiring families and the district partnered with mental and medical health services for kindergarten through twelfth grade students. Hughes has co-written two articles that were featured in the American Association of School Administrators “School Administrator” publication and the “American Schools” publication of the American School Board Journal.
Hughes was the dean of students at East Haven High School for eight years and during that time he was credited with bringing equity to disciplinary interventions, suspension rates lowered and served as a platform for student ideas and opinions. He has also served as an Area Cooperative Educational Services social worker where he worked with special education and at-risk students.
Among his educational achievements, Hughes has a bachelor of arts in social work from Central Connecticut State University. He also attended Fordham University where he earned a masters degree in social work. At Sacred Heart University, he has engaged and completed educational leadership classing.