BOE Standing Committee
The following are standing committees of the BOE, expected to make regular reports to the BOE as a whole.  Meetings will be posted and will be open to the public.  The Committee Chairperson will be responsible for calling meetings, setting agendas, and moving committee work forward.  The Committee Chairperson will ensure that agendas and minutes are posted in a timely manner consistent with FOI requirements.  The Board Chair, with the approval of the Board, may also appoint additional standing committees as may be needed.

  1. Financial Responsibilities
           a)  Time permitting, review monthly line item expenditure report from the BOE Business Director,
           b)  Time permitting, review all budget transfers between line items and make recommendations for such transfers;
           c)  Review financial reporting mechanisms and yearly budget documentation for clarity and content and present any recommendations;
           d)  Review contracts prior to recommendation to the Board;
           e)  Review reports from contracted services as needed.  

       2.  CIP/Facilities Responsibilities

          a)  Review capital expenditures and proposals for the Town's five and ten year capital improvement plan (CIP) in accordance with the Town's CIP Regulation timeline;
          b)  Review quarterly, building and maintenance needs with the Building and Grounds Facility Director.
          c)  Provide oversight to BOE Capital Improvement Projects, working with the Director of Facilities and, as needed, the Town Public Building  and Site and other Town commissions.


  1.  Work with the Superintendent and the Board to communicate effectively with the education community and the community as a whole about school matters;
  2.  Produce fact-based newsletters and documents as directed by the Board.


  1.  Develop a consistent body of expertise regarding union contract negotiations at the Board level;
  2.  Committee members will split specific union negotiations among themselves, and members should reflect a variety of skills and  length of service on the Board.   Additional Board members may be assigned by the Board Chair to fill out representation for specific negotiations.


  1. Ensure that the direction of the curriculum reflects the Board of Education mission, beliefs and objectives at both the course-specific and K-12 vertical alignment level;
  2. Meet with administration and staff to review goals, curriculum updates, new textbooks, proposed or changed courses and programs and make recommendations regarding these items.


  1. Review and propose revisions to Board policies as needed to ensure consistency with the District mission statement, best practices and for compliance with state and federal laws;
  2. Develop new Board policies as appropriate.


  1. Meet with district technology representatives to review technology needs and status of inventory;
  2. Review availability of technology for standardized testing and educational needs;
  3. Review practices used to ensure the safety and security of the district's digital information.

     School.  Connect with school administration and PTA to offer attendance at meetings or events when possible.
     Boards and Committees.  Attend meetings when possible to help keep the Board of Education informed of the activities of outside agencies.

     Jennifer Larkin - Chair
     Deborra Zukowski
     Don Ramsey

Communication Committee 
     Don Ramsey, Chair
     Dan Cruson
     Janet Kuzma

Contract Negotiation Committee
      Dan Cruson
      Don Ramsey
      Deborra Zukowski
      Rebekah Harriman

Curriculum and Instruction Committee
     John Vouros - Chair
     Don Ramsey
     Jennifer Larkin
Policy Committee
     Dan Cruson - Chair
     Deborra Zukowski
     Janet Kuzma
Technology Committee
     Debbie Leidlein - Chair
     Dan Cruson
NHS:  John Vouros
     NMS:  Don Ramsey
     RIS:  Janet Kuzma
     HAW:  Rebekah Harriman
     HOM:  Dan Cruson
     MG:  Deborra Zukowski
     SHS:  Jennifer Larkin

Boards and Committees

    NFT Culture and Climate Committee
    Rebekah Harriman
    John Vouros

    Para Culture and Climate Committee
John Vouros 
    Janet Kuzma

    District Safety and Security Team
Daniel Cruson, Jr.

Rebekah Harriman

Dan Cruson
Inspiring Each Student to Excel

3 Primrose St., Newtown, CT 06470
Phone: 203-426-7600