Board of Education

The Norfolk Board of Education is an elected body of citizens from the town who are charged with maintaining the organizational and fiscal well-being of the town's school. Board members are elected for a two-year or four-year term and may be elected to the position more than once. Officers of the Board of Education are the chairman, vice chairman, and secretary. The Board employs a recording secretary to keep track of Board business and maintain minutes. 


The Board meets on the first Tuesday of each month at 6pm at Botelle School to hear issues of importance to the school, its teachers, and its families.

Board Members

Meeting Agendas & Minutes

January 7, 2020 @ 6pm       Agenda  | Minutes 

January 21, 2020 @ 6 pm      Cancelled

February 4, 2020 @ 6:00        Agenda | Minutes 

February 25, 2020       Cancelled

March 3, 2020 @ 6pm       Agenda | Minutes

March 24,2020 @ 6pm        Agenda - Special Meeting

April 7, 2020 @ 6pm          Agenda | Minutes

April 28,2020  @ 6:00    Agenda | Minutes

May 5, 2020 @ 6pm         Agenda | Minutes

June 2, 2020 @ 6pm        Agenda | Minutes  

July 21, 2020 @ 4pm      Agenda | Minutes

August 18, 2020 @ 4pm   Agenda | Minutes   

September 1, 2020 @ 6pm  Agenda | Minutes

View previous meeting videos here

Instructions on joining virtual meetings here

Board Goals

Teaching & Learning

Design and implement rigorous, standards based, aligned, and engaging instruction in the academics and arts that allows all students to achieve at high levels, develop their interests and talents, and express their creativity.

School Culture & Climate

Foster a positive, safe,and healthy learning environment that supports high quality teaching and learning, engages families and the community as partners, and offers enriching co-curricular programs.

Staff Development & Evaluation

Hire, develop, evaluate, and retain highly effective school leaders, teachers, and support staff, who work in teams and grow through ongoing professional learning.

Operations & Systems

Implement a yearly strategic planning process that utilizes all resources in support of teaching and learning.

Typical Budget Timeline


Health & Wellness Committee



Health & Wellness Policy

January 2020         Agenda  |  Minutes

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Botelle School was named in 1970 for Myrtle Botelle, longtime teacher at the Norfolk Center School. In 1970 the town acquired the current Botelle building from the Augustinian Brothers who constructed the building and operated a seminary at the site from 1958 to 1970. In 1996, an extensive renovation of the site modernized the facility for its current use. Today Botelle School serves about 85 children. Students completing sixth grade at Botelle usually attend Northwestern Regional School in Winsted which serves grades 7-12 for students from Barkhamsted, Colebrook, New Hartford, and Norfolk.

Botelle School is the only school in a district governed by the Norfolk Board of Education. The Board employs a part-time superintendent to administer the district and a full-time principal to manage school operations. The town of Norfolk pays an annual assessment, similar to tuition, for its students that attend Northwestern Regional School in Regional District Number 7. Regional District Number 7 is governed by its own autonomous Board whose members are representatives from the feeder towns and districts.

Parents and the local community play an active role in the day to day life of the school. An active Parent Teacher Organization sponsors fundraisers which support the school and its goals. A cultural subcommittee of the PTO sponsors several events throughout the year intended to enrich the academic program by exposing students to a diversity of cultural experiences. Another PTO subcommittee sponsors a well-attended after school program.


In accordance with Title III of the Americans With Disabilities Act (ADA) of 2010, Botelle Elementary School is taking steps to ensure that its website, is accessible and compliant with the standards as set forth by the World Wide Web Consortium’s (W3C) Web Content Accessibility Guidelines (WCAG 2.0 AA). NWR7 is continually working to ensure equal digital access to all members of the community. If you have any questions or concerns with the content or accessibility of the site,, please contact us at Thank you.


Lauren Valentino, Principal

128 Greenwoods Road East

Norfolk, CT  06058

Tel: 860-542-5286

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