Monday, December 22, 2008

Ashford Appoints New Superintendent of Schools

The Ashford Board of Education has voted to hire Dr. James P. Longo of Guilford, CT as its next Superintendent of Schools. Dr. Longo has accepted the offer, contingent upon mutual agreement of contract language. There were seventeen applicants for the position.

Dr. Longo was the only finalist recommended to the Board by the nine member Search Committee. Prior to his final interview with the Board, he spent several hours visiting the school and meeting with administration, faculty and staff.

Dr. Longo has been Assistant Superintendent and Principal for Franklin, CT public schools since 2001. Prior to that, he served as a central office administrator in Hartford, an assistant principal and district curriculum administrator in Stamford, and as district arts coordinator in West Haven.

He earned his Ph.D. and master’s degrees from Columbia University, Superintendent certification from the University of Connecticut, and a second master’s and bachelor of science degrees from Southern Connecticut State University.

The Board of Education is excited and looking forward to working with Dr. Longo. He will be starting in his new position in mid January.

Dr. Leonard Lanza has been serving as Ashford’s Interim Superintendent and Search Consultant since mid October.

Friday, November 21, 2008

Notice of Public Forum

The Ashford Board of Education invites members of the public to attend a 5:30 p.m. meeting on Thursday, December 4, 2008, to provide input to assist the Board in selecting the next Superintendent of Schools.

Those attending will be asked to state what they see as Ashford School's needs and strengths, as well as what qualities they would like to see in the next Superintendent.

The meeting will be held in the library. It is expected to last approximately one hour.

Wednesday, November 12, 2008

Parent Teacher Conferences

Dear Parents and Guardians,
Parent Conferences are on Monday, November 24 and Tuesday, November 25 with dismissal at 12:15 p.m.

For the first time, lunches will be served on these days. Children may buy hot lunch or bring lunch. Wednesday, November 26 is also an early dismissal day, however, no lunch will be served.

Childcare is available during conferences, provided by the Ashford Recreation Dept., and the Ashford Youth Services Bureau; $1.00 per child for one hour.

The PTO Book Fair will be open from 8:00 a.m. to 8:00 p.m. on the 24th and 25th. Please feel free to browse before or after conferences.

I hope that you have a wonderful Thanksgiving weekend.


Nancy P. Johndrow, Principal

Wednesday, October 29, 2008

Two Parent Volunteers needed for Technology Plan Committee:

Would you like to help shape the Technology Plan for Ashford School for 2009-2012? If so, read on.

Ashford School has in place a required Technology Plan approved by the State Department of Education for 2006-2009. It expires on June 30, 2009. We must have an approved, updated Technolgy Plan in place by July 1, 2009 in order to continue receiving E-rate money and to be able to apply for certain state and federal grants. We are encouraged to include parents on the committee that will help establish our needs and develop a plan for meeting them. We are looking for one or two parent volunteers to meet with this committee that includes teachers, administrators, and Board of Education members. The plan must be ready for submission to our local RESC - EASTCONN, by March 5, 2009. Our meetings will be held at school at 3:30 in the afternoon. The following dates have been set for the next 3 meetings: Nov. 19th, Dec. 2nd and Dec. 15th.

If you are interested in joining us please contact the Technology Coordidnator, Marji Roy at or at 860-429-6419 ext 367.

Tuesday, August 26, 2008

School Year Welcome

As summer starts to wind down we are about to embark on another exciting school year at Ashford School. We have been able to hire some excellent new additions to the faculty and staff and look forward to working with them.

We also look forward to the first year of an all day kindergarten along with all outstanding activities that we are fortunate to provide in grades Pre-K to 8. Help from one of the most outstanding PTO’s in the area also help to provide programs and events for Ashford students.

As always our custodial staff has done an excellent job of getting the school ready and clean for the start of school. Their efforts are truly appreciated and are an important piece of making our school environment conducive to learning.

Our water project that will provide a new well and “pump house” is approximately two weeks behind but will be completed soon.

The faculty, staff and administration look forward to a positive and productive year serving the outstanding students we see each day.


Arthur Breault