Today’s snow and icy road conditions have led to early school dismissals citywide, and now we have word that the Hartford school board meeting originally planned for tonight at Rawson School has been postponed to 5:30 p.m. Thursday.
The board was scheduled to vote on a new collective bargaining agreement with the Hartford Federation of Teachers. Details of the proposed contract have not been released publicly before the board vote, which would come after a closed-door executive session Thursday. But the agreement avoids arbitration and we’re told that both parties are relatively pleased.
Also included in the board’s agenda: Accepting a $621,515 state technology grant for more computers and better Internet bandwith in the schools, which will be required to transition to Connecticut’s new computer-based standardized test in the 2014-15 year.
The board also plans to recognize fellow members Elizabeth Brad Noel, Lori Hudson and Cherita McIntye. Noel of the Working Families Party and Hudson, a Democrat, did not seek reelection and their terms are expiring. Cityline is told that McIntye, an appointee of Mayor Pedro Segarra, is moving out of state for her job and will need to be replaced on the board.
Meanwhile, Democrat Luis Rodriguez-Davila’s term is also ending, but he will not be given any formal thanks at Thursday’s meeting, the agenda indicates. Rodriguez-Davila has been absent from board meetings this year and has been virtually unreachable.
Newly-elected Democrats Beth Parker, Michael Brescia and Craig Stallings, who won board seats in November, are expected to be sworn in early next year.