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EASTCONN Contacts & Program Updates


EASTCONN Adult & Community Programs All classes and programs are either canceled or have moved to an online delivery method through 3/31/20. For updates, go to Adult and Community Programs and for questions, contact Associate Director Kristin Hempel at khempel@eastconn.org. EASTCONN American…

EASTCONN Student Food Service Updates


EASTCONN Food Service is providing meals to children 18 and under while schools and programs are closed, in our best efforts to accommodate our communities during this unprecedented time. Parents or guardians of students enrolled in Sterling Community School, Pomfret…

EASTCONN Appoints New Chief Financial Officer


EASTCONN is pleased to announce that Joni L. Weglein has been named its new Chief Financial Officer. The appointment is effective immediately. Weglein has been EASTCONN’s acting CFO since last fall. “I am very pleased that we were able to secure…

EASTCONN’s Related Services & Lending Library Move to Hampton


EASTCONN’s Related Services group, which includes assistive technology, occupational therapy, physical therapy and speech-language pathology professionals, has moved its home base to EASTCONN’s Conference Center and Administrative Offices at 376 Hartford Turnpike (Route 6), Hampton.  Until October, the Related Services group…

EASTCONN Marks 40th Anniversary in 2020


EASTCONN is proud to announce that 2020 marks its 40th year of serving the education needs of northeastern Connecticut’s schools and communities.  Established by state statute under the leadership of its first Executive Director, David Calchera, EASTCONN was formed to create…

New Website to Help School Teams Address Chronic Absenteeism


EASTCONN’s Psychological and Behavioral Consultation division has created an innovative new website, Implementing Multi-Tiered Systems of Support to Improve Student Attendance.   The site, supported by the RESC Alliance and developed in accordance with Connecticut State Department of Education guidelines, provides schools with…

EASTCONN High Schools are Recruiting Now for 2020-2021


ACT - EASTCONN’s Willimantic-based Arts at the Capitol Theater (ACT) arts magnet high school offers a demanding, arts-integrated and standards-based curriculum with majors in acting/vocal performance, audio/video production, creative writing, dance and theater production. ACT is designed for independent, capable…

New Health Insurance Collaborative Launches to Serve Small Districts …


Northeastern Connecticut has a new employee health insurance collaborative, established to help smaller school districts and municipalities control their rising insurance costs.  The Connecticut Collaborative Health Insurance Program (CT-CHIP) officially launched in July 2019 with nine members, representing 782 employees and…

EASTCONN Wins 7 CABE Awards in School Communications Contest


EASTCONN has won seven awards in the annual Connecticut Association of Boards of Education’s Bonnie B. Carney Awards of Excellence in Education Communications contest. EASTCONN earned first-place awards for its School-Year Calendar 2019-2020; the 2018-2019 Annual Board Update; the 2019-2020 Parent/Student…

Amy Margelony Named K-12 Pupil Services Director


EASTCONN is pleased to announce that Amy Margelony has been chosen to lead EASTCONN’s K-12 Pupil Services group as its new director. Margelony assumed her new role on January 1. She had served as interim director since the departure of…

EASTCONN Welcomes New STEM Specialist, Kelly Francis


Kelly Francis has joined EASTCONN’s Leading and Learning division as a STEM Specialist. Francis comes to EASTCONN from Windham Public Schools, where she served as a school-based and district math coach for three years.  At EASTCONN, Francis will provide district support…

EASTCONN & 10 Partner Schools Win 4 CSDE Interdistrict Grants


EASTCONN is pleased to announce that it is partnering this year with 9 northeastern Connecticut districts and Hartford Public Schools to offer four new Interdistrict Grant programs.  The year-long grants will serve 1,425 public school children from culturally and economically…

Kimberly Mansfield Named Director of Head Start


EASTCONN has named Kimberly Mansfield as the new Director of EASTCONN’s Head Start and Early Head Start programs. Mansfield will oversee EASTCONN’s Head Start programs in Windham and Tolland counties; the center-based programs in Plainfield, Putnam and Killingly; and the home-based…

EASTCONN Restructures Professional Learning Group to Build Capacity


EASTCONN’s Teaching and Learning division has undergone a transformation.  Not only has it expanded its staff and capacity for delivering high-quality professional learning, it has also changed its name – from Teaching and Learning, to Leading and Learning.   “We’ve hired wonderful, new…

David C. Howes to Lead EASTCONN’s LEAP School


This summer, The LEAP School’s new Principal, David C. Howes,  eagerly began preparing for the regional alternative high school’s debut on August 28th. On opening day, in the midst of LEAP’s refurbished, updated interiors, Howes stood, side by side, with…

Willimantic Artist Ben Keller Paints Vibrant Façade at The LEAP…


Last spring, after noticing a colorful, new, abstract mural that had been painted over the Willimantic Public Library’s main door, EASTCONN Executive Director Gary S. Mala asked for the artist’s name.  When he discovered that the artist, Ben Keller, was…

The LEAP School Hosts Open House October 24


School District Leaders and community members are invited to attend The LEAP School’s Open House on Thursday, October 24, 2019.

EASTCONN’S First Annual Evergreen Crafts Fair November 16


EASTCONN’s first annual Evergreen Crafts Fair will be held Saturday, November 16, 2019, from 9 a.m. to 2 p.m., at the EASTCONN Conference Center, 376 Hartford Tpke. (Route 6) in Hampton, CT. EASTCONN’s Evergreen Crafts Fair will feature crafters and vendors…

EASTCONN and Rutgers University Present Two Social-Emotional Learning Workshops


Educators, school administrators, mental health professionals and community leaders are invited to attend two October workshops that explore approaches to social-emotional learning that can benefit schools and communities.

EASTCONN Chooses Principal to Lead The LEAP School


EASTCONN is pleased to announce that David C. Howes will lead the agency’s new, regional, alternative high school for northeastern Connecticut students.