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.
Meeting Agendas & Minutes
July 21, 2020 @ 4pm Agenda | Minutes
December 1, 2020 @ 6pm Agenda | Minutes
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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
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Health & Wellness Committee
June 2020 Agenda | Minutes
Nov. 2020 Agenda | Minutes
Dec. 2020 Agenda | Minutes
Jan. 2021 Agenda | Minutes
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March 2021 Agenda | Minutes
April 2021 Agenda | Minutes
May 2021 Agenda | Minutes
June 2021 Agenda | Minutes
ABOUT BOTELLE ELEMENTARY
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.