SOUTHINGTON – Superintendent of Schools Steve Madancy said Southington schools can expect to see a return to normalcy this year.
Southington students will return to school on Sept. 1 and Madancy said that school administrators and education leaders are looking forward to re-establishing a normal routine.
“We’re trying to take a lot of the burdens of the past two years off teachers’ plates and return to focusing on our two biggest priorities – safety and learning,” said Madancy. “Our staff are eager to put the covid years behind us.”
Madancy said that one of the areas of focus for this coming year is students’ behavioral and emotional health.
“We now have mental health supports in all school buildings,” he said.
Learning loss which occurred during the pandemic, Madancy said, was largely addressed last year.
“We were able to reduce our class sizes and hired additional teaching staff,” he said. “We also expanded our summer school offerings this past summer, all at no cost to families.”
Madancy added that students can expect to see normal, “cluster” seating in classrooms and cafeterias, which he said will promote more student collaboration.
One area in which Southington schools are strong, Madancy said, is aligning its curriculum to the district’s vision of a graduate, which states “A graduate of the Southington Public Schools will be college or career ready and prepared for life beyond by mastering the knowledge and demonstrating the skills to communicate effectively, think creatively and critically, and contribute to the global community.”
“We have done well in providing our students with the 21st century skills that they need to succeed in life beyond their high school careers, whether that is a career or secondary education,” said Madancy.
This year, the district will be adjusting to state requirements for special education IEPs (individualized education plans).
“There is now a process for documenting these plans and submitting them through a state portal website,” said Madancy.
This fall, Madancy said, voters will have the opportunity to support a referendum for desired upgrades to the athletic fields at Southington High School. These, he said, are “long overdue” and include new stadium seating, a new track, a new turf field, softball field and tennis courts.
Madancy said that he and other school leaders are looking forward to another good year.
“I’m really excited to see the smiling faces on day one,” said Madancy.
Brian M. Johnson can be reached at 860-973-1806 or email@example.com.