OF THE WEEK
Dear Legal Mailbag:
One of the paraprofessionals in my school has had a long history of poor attendance. She works with special education students and we are very concerned about the impact that her absences have on the students she is supposed to serve. Last fall, we sat her down with her union representative and warned her that she must improve her attendance or she would be fired. Our warning worked for a while, but last week she came in with a doctor’s note and requested Family and Medical Leave Act (FMLA) leave to get a hip replacement. From my vantage point, she should have waited until the summer for the surgery, and, frankly, I have had it. Can I fire her now? Answer
CAS Awards $30,000 in Grants to Member Schools
In its inaugural year, the CAS-CIAC Endowment and Flanagan Grant Program awarded more than $30,000 to member schools with innovative student activities programs. Out of forty-two applications, nine winners were selected. Read about these award-worthy programs!
CAS Offers Regional Evaluation Workshops
As part of the roll-out of the administrative evaluation process, CAS is presenting workshops throughout the summer at regional educational service centers. The workshops, which are particularly directed toward administrators who have evaluative responsibilities for other administrators, will provide participants with a good grounding in the process of administrative evaluation under the state guidelines.
Last Chance To Register For High School Summer Student Leadership Conference!
The New England state associations of the National Federation of State High School Associations (NFHS) will be hosting the third annual New England Student Leadership Conference from July 16-19, 2013 at Stonehill College in Easton, MA. This conference is a four-day, residential event designed to help talented, committed young people become better citizens who will be positive, contributing adults and role models for youth. Registration closes soon! More
Advisory "Tune-up" Workshop Registration Closes June 10th
CAS is pleased to offer a half-day workshop on June 11, 2013 for school teams with established advisory programs to undergo a structured review and evaluation of their current program. Participants will revisit the components of their advisory program and refine their goals, grouping, scheduling, curriculum, advisor roles and responsibilities, materials and resources, and linkages to other school programs. More
Are You Retiring This Year?
At the end of each school year, it is custom that the Connecticut Association of Schools awards life memberships in CAS to retiring principals and assistant principals. If you are planning to retire this year or if you know of any principal or assistant principal who is so planning, please go to www.casciac.org/retiringadmins and fill in the requested fields. This task should take no more than a minute of your time.