Tara Ochman State of the Town 2018

Board of Education Chairperson Tara Ochman’s State of the Town Address

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Here’s the text of Darien Board of Education Chairperson Tara Ochman’s “State of the Town” address, as prepared, one of several delivered Monday night to the Representative Town Meeting:

Mr. Moderator, members of the RTM, and the community of Darien. I am honored to stand here before you to tonight on behalf of the Board of Education to update you on our work. This discussion really begins in previous budget years. We all spend hours of time creating a plan for Darien, balancing needs, having critical conversations and believing in what Darien is, and can be. As a board, we believe that education is the key to preparing our children to participate in their future and we are steadfast in the belief that an educated society leads to the betterment of society.

Darien Public Schools

What to Look for in Next Schools Superintendent: Public Invited to Take Survey, Attend October Meetings

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In looking for Darien’s next superintendent of schools, the Board of Education says it wants to hear from Darien residents and school district staff, so the board announced an online survey available for anyone to fill out by Oct. 26 and “focus groups” (meetings) available to town residents on two dates in October. Here’s the board’s announcement, followed by the full text of the survey:

The Darien Board of Education has hired School Leadership, LLC to assist it in the search process for a new superintendent of schools. It is the intention of the Board of Education to have this process completed so that a permanent superintendent is in place for the start of the new school year on July 1, 2019. Dr. Elliott Landon currently serves as interim superintendent of schools.