Amity Releases New District Calendar

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Jan 142014

A revised District Calendar has been drafted showing the following:

Change in Staff Development Day (from 3-22-14) TO Friday, February 14, 2014.

To date, Amity has used three snow days. Those have been added in June (16, 17 & 18).

The last day of school could still change barring any additional snow days.

new calendar

Amity BOE Hires Nast As Interim Superintendent

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Jun 192013

Amity HS websitePress release from Amity Board of Education:

The Amity Region #5 Board of Education announced that Michael Nast will be joining the schools as the Interim Superintendent of Schools starting July 1, 2013.  Dr. John Brady has served the district with distinction and will be retiring effective July 1, 2013.

Mr. Nast will lead the District while the Board searches for the best possible candidate to lead the District forward.

Mr. Nast is a consummate educator known for his stellar leadership in Stamford, CT. He served there for fifteen  years in many responsible roles, the last six years as Superintendent of Schools.  Mr. Nast began his education career as a science teacher and department chairman at Hillhouse High School in New Haven.  He served as principal at Wilbur Cross High School in New Haven for six years prior to moving to Stamford.  Mr. Nast grew up in New Haven, and has strong roots in the local community.  He continues his public service as a member of the New Haven Board of Education.

Mr. Nast successfully served as Amity’s interim superintendent on two previous occasions, during 2002 and 2004.  During his previous service he worked effectively with the District’s students, parents, staff and administrators.  He has also served as an interim superintendent at two other districts.

The Amity Board took this step of hiring Michael Nast as its interim superintendent following the most recent phase of its superintendent search.  During the past school year, the Board has advertised, recruited, reviewed applications and conducted interviews.  While the Board met with a number of qualified candidates, it has yet to find the right candidate to lead the District forward.  The Board feels strongly that students, staff and families in Amity deserve the best educational leader for Amity. Therefore the decision was reached by the Board to continue the work with an Interim Superintendent, and to continue its search for a full time superintendent.

The Amity Board wishes to express appreciation and thanks to the many staff and community members for their support during the search process.  We know you will welcome Mr. Nast as he joins us as Interim Superintendent and with his vast experience meets the district needs during this transition period.

Amity Supt. John Brady Addresses Reg. 5 School Security Measures

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Jan 302013

Amity Middle School

There has been a plethora of news articles recently concerning steps school districts in our area are taking to tighten security measures. I want the Amity community to know that we too have been busy reviewing our security procedures. We have been working with law enforcement professionals from all three communities to ensure any gaps in security are addressed. We have taken steps to improve what is the high level of security that has been in place at Amity.

I will not go into specifics on all our security measures but can tell you that we are implementing the following:

·         Enhancing lockdown procedures at Amity High School

·         Identifying an evacuation location for the middle school in Orange

·         Increasing a part-time security guard at Amity High School to full-time. This will give us 3 full-time security guards in addition to the full-time School Resource Officer. We have one full-time security guard at each middle school.

·         Installation of a locked door with buzz in system at the District Office (Such systems are currently in place at the three schools)

·         Creating a risk assessment protocol which will be in place in all three schools

·         Implementing a “If you know something tell someone” campaign to encourage any member of the Amity community who has a legitimate concern about the potential for violence to come forward to a responsible adult

·         Updating our emergency procedures flip-chart which is in place in every classroom

·         Training all substitute teachers in emergency procedures

There are other efforts underway that are not for public distribution. Please be assured that we remain vigilant and will continue to review and revise procedures as needed. Our paramount concern is for the safety and well being of our students and staff.