BETHLEHEM-WOODBURY — Kelly Pinho, a school administrator currently serving as a supervising vice principal at Driggs Elementary School in Waterbury, will now serve as the new principal at Mitchell Elementary School in Woodbury.
Acting Superintendent Wayne McAllister provided background on Ms. Pinho as he formally introduced her to the board and the Region 14 community at a Region 14 Board of Education meeting on Tuesday, July 6.
Ms. Pinho has a bachelor’s degree in English with a minor in history, from the University of Connecticut, certification in elementary education, a master’s degree in special education from Southern Connecticut State University and a Sixth-Year degree in administration from the University of Bridgeport.
She began her career as a kindergarten teacher at Rotella Interdistrict Magnet School in Waterbury. She was named that school’s Teacher of the Year in 2011. She began her administrator career six years ago as a teaching vice principal at Washington Elementary School in Waterbury, before later moving on to the SVP position at Driggs.
As SVP, she was responsible for student discipline and served as the building’s school climate coordinator, its Title IX coordinator, its 504 coordinator and its Positive Behavior Support (PBS) coordinator.
Mr. McAllister said Ms. Pinho has a “passion for academics and building relationships.” She also has a strong commitment to volunteer work. She has served on the board of Waterbury Youth Services, Inc., has been a past president of Literacy Volunteers of Greater Waterbury and currently serves on the board of the Naugatuck Exchange Club.
Another passion for Ms. Pinho is the Waterbury Reads program. According to its Facebook page, “Waterbury Reads strives to spark a lifelong love of reading by providing free books to Waterbury children.” The program accepts new or gently used books which it then distributes to children in low-income communities.
Ms. Pinho was selected from among 36 candidates who applied for the position. A selection committee, which included school staff, parents, board members and school administrators, first narrowed the pool down to 10 candidates, then further narrowed the list down to six candidates who were called in for interviews.
Of those candidates, five were interviewed and asked to complete a performance task. The committee then selected two finalists, who were again asked to complete an additional performance task, Mr. McAllister said.
One of the first items on the school board’s July 6 agenda was the election of officers for the coming year and appointments and district appointments. The board elected George Bauer as chairman, voting 4 to 2 to re-elect him over Jim Crocker. Mr. Crocker was later elected, 6 to 0, as vice chairman/treasurer.
The board elected Carol Ann Brown as secretary and Chris Matta as assistant secretary/treasurer.
The board awarded several bids: $26,311 for a forklift to Starlift Equipment; $56,000 for asbestos abatement related to furnace repair/replacement at Mitchell Elementary School to Vets Demo LLC, and $35,999 for paving of the Nonnewaug High School parking lot to S&S Asphalt, Inc.
A fourth bid was awarded to Shaker Chrysler Dodge Jeep Ram for a 2022 Big Horn regular cab 4x4 at $26,660. Mr. Bauer explained the list price on the vehicle was $48,365, but the region was receiving a fleet discount of $9,000 and an additional discount of $2,880, along with a trade-in of $10,000 on the region’s current vehicle.
Following an executive session, the board voted to ratify two contracts: one with the Nonnewaug Secretarial Association, with a term of July 1, 2021, through June 30, 2024, and the other with Local 1303-247 of Council #4 AFSCME, AFL-CIO/Nonnewaug School Nurses, with a term of July 1, 2021, through June 30, 2025.
The board authorized the chairman to sign the agreements, pending any further legal review.