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Superintendent's Office

Superintendent - Dr. Pamela Vogel
Executive Secretary - Tina Bunce

The Region One Central Office, also known as Regional Schools Services Center (RSSC), provides cost effective and required services to each of the seven schools and seven boards of education within the region. The elementary schools of Region One: Lee H. Kellogg, Cornwall Consolidated, Kent Center, North Canaan Elementary, Salisbury Central, and Sharon Center are autonomous, but are joined in a consortium to ensure that all students have quality education and the same experiences and opportunities before entering Housatonic Valley Regional High School. While the only high school (grades 9-12) is regionalized, the six K-8 schools share services such as special education, curriculum development, professional development, teacher evaluation, personnel services, testing, and general administration.

School boards employ a Superintendent to lead and manage the school district. The Superintendent is an ex-officio, nonvoting member of the School Board and serves as the chief executive officer of the Board, along with each of the Boards of Education of the member towns within the Regional School District One.  He/she provides indirect and direct assistance to each of the Boards covered in the Joint Employment Agreement.

The Superintendent’s duties and responsibilities are derived largely from three sources: Connecticut statutes, his/her employment contract, and his/her job description.

The Superintendent ensures that Board policies and federal and state laws and regulations are adhered to throughout the district. In harmony with the policies of the Board of Education, and federal and state laws and regulations, the Superintendent has executive authority over the school system and the responsibility for its supervision. 

The Superintendent, in accordance with statutory requirements, will enhance the educational opportunities of the students in each school district and provide coordination of programs and services between each of the Boards from pre-kindergarten through grade twelve.

The role the Superintendent is to ensure that the growth and wellbeing of students are the primary focus. The Superintendent has the task of helping the principal of each school district to set educational standards and to measure student achievement in their districts. The Superintendent has general oversight of school curricula and is responsible for overseeing each district’s implementation and enforcement of all state and federal statutes and programs relating to a school. The Superintendent works with Boards to develop and implement short and long-range plans for school improvement, including curricula, instructional programs, and the evaluation of programs.

The Superintendent works with other school leaders to serve the needs of all students to meet the districts' goals. He/she must annually evaluate regional administrators, as well as each Principal, who is assigned responsibility for supervising a school building in the district. It is the Superintendent’s job to see that Principals and administrators are effective leaders, working with the teachers and other staff members at each school to serve the needs of students and meet the districts' and regional goals. The Superintendent may delegate responsibilities to other school district personnel, but shall continue to be accountable for actions taken under such delegation.

The Superintendent should also respond to the needs of all the other stakeholders in the district: students, parents, staff, advocates, and the community at large. He/she must consider how financial and human resources of the district are utilized in order to achieve the best results.

The Superintendent has the general authority to act at his/her discretion, subject to later approval by the Board of Education, upon all emergency matters and those as to which her powers and duties are not expressly limited or are not particularly set forth. The Superintendent advises the Board on policies and plans that the Board takes under consideration, and he/she takes the initiative in presenting to the Board, and the Member Town Boards, policy and planning issues for their attention.

Responsibilities:

Educational Leadership/Supervision

  • Facilitates the development and implementation of a vision of learning that sets high performance expectations for all students and staff
  • Leads the districts with the implementation of the Regional Strategic Plan for School Improvement
  • Monitors and supervises progress of each school’s Strategic Plan for School Improvement, as aligned to regional initiatives in the Regional Strategic Plan, in order to ensure accountability for student achievement
  • Is well-versed with the latest instructional research based programs
  • Provides recommendations to the board for effective and efficient allocation of district resources
  • Provides leadership, support, and public advocacy for Principals in the development, implementation, and adjustments in their Strategic Plan
  • Ensures evaluation of programs and data are utilized to inform future programs
  • Defines mutual expectations of personnel performance
  • Develops and implements current staff performance evaluation systems

Organizational Management

  • Implements the school boards' vision by making day-to-day decisions about educational programs, spending, staff, and facilities
  • Applies ethical, contractual, and legal requirements for personnel selection, development, retention, promotion, and dismissal
  • Guides, advocates for, and implements an annual budget that addresses the districts’ and regional needs
  • Works with the board to formulate district policies
  • Implements adopted policies and recommends changes when appropriate
  • Provides technical assistance during labor negotiations and administers negotiated labor contracts

Community/Board of Education Relations

  • Facilitates communication with the Board, staff, and the community
  • Provides professional advice and informs the Boards of Education of educational issues, needs, and operations of the school system
  • Responds to communications from staff and community, as appropriate, and ensures the adherence and appropriate response through the chain of command
  • Maintains attention on the attainment of district goals and reports progress toward goal attainment on a regular and periodic basis

Personal and Professional Qualities and Relationships

  • Maintains high standards of ethics, honesty and integrity in all professional matters
  • Is a strong advocate for public education and demonstrates the courage to support his/her convictions

In Regional School District #1, the Superintendent is employed by the Region One Board of Education and the All Boards Chair (ABC) Committee. These members, as a whole, are responsible for evaluating the Superintendent’s performance on a yearly basis in accordance to the mutually agreed upon goals.