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MAYOR BRONIN NOMINATES TWO NEW MEMBERS TO BOARD OF EDUCATION

(Feb. 3, 2016) Hartford Mayor Luke Bronin today announced that he is nominating two Hartford parents and re-nominating two current members to serve on the Board of Education. Mayor Bronin is nominating Karen T. Taylor and Tiffany Fonseca Glanville and re-nominating Vice-Chair Dr. Jose Colon-Rivas and Richard Wareing, who has served as Chairman since 2014. The nominations are subject to approval by the City Council.

“Our most important responsibility is to ensure that all of our children, no matter where they live or how they fare in a lottery, have the educational opportunities and experiences to lead successful and fulfilling lives,” Mayor Bronin said. "The diverse group of parents, civil servants, and leaders that I am nominating to the Board of Education today are dedicated to building a strong, cohesive educational system to serve Hartford’s children and families.”

Tiffany Fonseca Glanville and her husband, Doug, have three children, two of whom attend West Middle Community School in Hartford. Tiffany is an attorney by profession with a background in housing and community development law. 

For the last several years she has relished being home with her kids and devoting time to civic and charitable work, including serving on the PTO and School Governance Council of her children’s school and being an advocate within the school system. She is a graduate of the University of Pennsylvania Law School and Brown University.

“I am proud to be part of the school community at a Hartford neighborhood school and honored to be considered for a position on the Board of Education,” Tiffany Glanville said. “I hope that this opportunity will allow me to make a greater impact in bettering our schools for Hartford families and striving for equity within our school system.”

Karen Taylor is a North End parent of two elementary school twins at the University of Hartford Magnet School. She is a proud graduate of Weaver High School and Trinity College's IDP program and is a member of the Sheff Movement Coalition and the Greater Hartford NAACP.

Taylor is currently enrolled in Leadership Greater Hartford's Quest program and serves as an advisor to Trinity College Black Women's Organization. She earned her bachelor’s degree from Trinity College in Educational Studies with honors.

“I am humbled to accept the Mayor's nomination,” Taylor said. “As a Hartford parent, I would be honored to serve the students and families of our great city.”

Richard Wareing, who has served on the Board since 2012, is committed to improving the educational experience for all learners through increasing parent and community engagement, improving culture and climate, reducing chronic absenteeism, providing better service to English language learners and children with special needs, and improving teaching and learning in all of Hartford’s schools.

Wareing is an attorney with the firm Natalie & Wolinetz and has practiced in Hartford since 1994. He has been active on numerous boards and commissions including two charter revision commissions and the Hartford Redevelopment Agency. Wareing was also appointed to the Metropolitan District Commission at the age of 28 where he served for 9 years. Wareing is a graduate of Harvard Law School and the College of the Holy Cross.

“I’m honored that the Mayor has shown his confidence in me,” Wareing said. “Serving on the Hartford Board of Education, especially as Chairman, has been one of the most rewarding experiences of my entire life. I’m very grateful for the continued opportunity to work on behalf of our kids.”

Dr. Jose Colon-Rivas has served as Vice Chair of the Board of Education for four years. As Director of the City of Hartford’s Department of Families, Youth, and Recreation, he brings an exceptional depth of knowledge and experience in education, as well as an understanding of fiscal responsibility, to the work of achieving academic goals in Hartford. 

Dr. Colon-Rivas has been involved in many levels of the Hartford education system; from a classroom teacher and school principal to a Senior Director for Curriculum and Instruction. He earned his doctorate in educational psychology and child development education from Penn State University and also holds degrees from Interamerican University and the University of Puerto Rico.

“My work as a Board Member continues to be as hard as it is rewarding,” Colon-Rivas said. “There is no greater validation of the work of investing in the journey of a child than seeing that child develop into an effective contributor to the future well-being of our community.”

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MAYOR BRONIN URGES IMPLEMENTATION OF STRATEGIES TO REDUCE YOUTH VIOLENCE

(February 1, 2016) Today, Hartford Mayor Luke Bronin endorsed the draft recommendations released by the Commission on Youth and Urban Violence, and urged state leaders to implement the recommendations, which include declaring violence a public health issue, improving interventions focused on reducing the effects of exposure to trauma, and working to divert young people away from the criminal justice system.  Lt. Governor Nancy Wyman, Chair of the Commission established as part of Governor Malloy’s Second Chance Society initiatives, is holding a public hearing today at Hartford Public High School from 2:30 to 4:30 to solicit input from residents before moving forward with final recommendations. The Commission is made up of community leaders, public safety officials, experts, and victims.

“I commend Lieutenant Governor Wyman and the Commission for putting forward serious, smart recommendations to combat violence in our cities,” Mayor Bronin said. “We need to recognize that violence is a public health problem, and the recommendations put forward by this Commission puts the emphasis where it belongs – on behavioral health, early intervention, and alternatives to the criminal justice system for our young people.”

The Commission report includes the following recommendations: 

  • Declare violence a public health issue and adopt a broader definition of violence to include chronic stress, hunger, and other trauma. This will raise awareness of the impacts to young people and help establish appropriate prevention and support systems.  
  • Increase early detection of violence by incorporating it into the statewide behavioral health plan. Strengthen school, advocate, and agency partnerships to implement a screening process for violence and trauma. 
  • Prioritize family system wellness by improving the coordination of consistent, trauma-focused interventions from birth through age 26. These should include meeting basic needs as well as addressing chronic stress and other risk factors. Strengthen workforce development and opportunity for young people to improve success and independence.
  • Compile a comprehensive list of criminal justice and diversionary programs for law enforcement and community organizations working with at-risk youth. Encourage partnerships between schools and law enforcement School Resource Officers. Study the impact of raising the age of criminal responsibility to 13 years of age.
  • Support the expansion of non-criminal discipline in school settings, improve school response and engagement. Encourage school districts to invest in intervention specialists in high-need schools. 
  • Improve contact with youths age 19-26 outside the criminal justice system. Encourage advisory boards to include in their deliberations youth who have experienced trauma or violence. 

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MAYOR BRONIN & TREASURER CLOUD STATEMENTS ON PASSING OF FORMER TREASURER KATHLEEN PALM DEVINE

(Jan 30, 2016) Hartford Mayor Luke Bronin and Treasurer Adam Cloud issued the following statements regarding the passing of former City Treasurer Kathleen Palm Devine.
 
“Kathleen Palm Devine served Hartford with tremendous dedication for over a decade, carefully and skillfully managing our City’s financial assets,” Mayor Bronin said. “Kathleen was respected by colleagues and residents alike, and her passing is a loss for our City. Our thoughts and prayers are with her loved ones."
 
“Kathleen Palm Devine was and will always be one of the City’s greatest public servants,” Treasurer Cloud said. “She was a champion for Hartford and all of its residents. Her passing is particularly difficult for me as she was both my friend and my mentor. On behalf of my staff and the Pension Commission, I wish to express our deepest condolences to her family. She will truly be missed.”
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MAYOR BRONIN ANNOUNCES DEPARTURE OF HUMAN RESOURCES DIRECTOR (Deputy Director Debra Carabillo to Serve as Interim Director)

(Jan 27, 2016) Hartford Mayor Luke Bronin today announced that he has reluctantly accepted the resignation of Henry Burgos, Director of Human Resources and Labor Relations for the City of Hartford. Mr. Burgos, who began working for the city in 2013, will depart from his position effective January 27.

“I have been impressed with Henry’s dedication to the people of Hartford through his management his management of all aspects of the City’s Human Resources Department, and I’m sorry to see him leave City Hall,” Mayor Bronin said. “Under Henry’s tenure, the City saw drastic modernization of our onboarding, applicant tracking, and testing services. He has been an advisor and an invaluable resource during this transition period, and his departure is a loss for City Hall.” 

Mr. Burgos stated, “It was a pleasure to serve Connecticut’s Capital City. My tenure as director was the most rewarding experience of my career. I’m grateful for this opportunity to serve the citizens of Hartford and I look forward to pursuing personal and professional goals in the near future.”

As Director of Human Resources and Labor Relations, Mr. Burgos has been responsible for directing every aspect of the City’s Human Resources Department, including, but not limited to, labor relations, recruitment, employee relations, employee benefits and contract negations. As a member of the senior management team, Henry played a key role in the City’s budget development process and was a member of the Personnel and Finance Committee, where among other things, he engaged in the monitoring of the City’s budget.  

Mayor Bronin has appointed Debra Carabillo, Assistant Director of Human Resources, to serve as Acting Director of Human Resources while a search for a permanent replacement is underway.

 

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