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CREC Foundation announces Ana Grace Love Wins Scholarship

(Hartford, Conn.) In conjunction with the eleventh anniversary of the Sandy Hook tragedy, the CREC Foundation is proud to announce its newest Scholarship Fund—The Ana Grace Love Wins Scholarship.The scholarship is dedicated to Ana Grace Márquez-Greene, the daughter of Jimmy Greene and Nelba Márquez-Greene, and sister to Isaiah Márquez-Greene. Ana was one of the students murdered in the Sandy Hook massacre on December 14, 2012. In memory of Ana, the Márquez-Greene family has partnered with CREC to offer this four-year award to honor what should be the natural cycle of their daughter, Ana Grace’s, college years. She would likely have graduated high school in 2024. The Márquez-Greene family hopes the scholarship serves as a reminder that perseverance, hard work, and community can prevail—even in the most tragic of circumstances.“As graduates of CREC schools, we are enthusiastic champions of the specialized study, academic rigor and enhanced learning opportunities that come from being with others outside your own circle,” said Nelba Márquez-Greene, on behalf of herself and Jimmy. “We have such positive memories of our years as students and later as staff and believe this is exactly what the world needs right now.”  To be eligible for the award, the applying student must be a 2024 graduate from a CREC Magnet School or the Hartford Region Open Choice Program who has excelled academically and has demonstrated an interest in the arts.The scholarship award is for one student for a total of $25,000 and is renewable up to four years at $6,250.Applications are due to the CREC Foundation by April 2, 2024, and interested applicants can find the application here: HYPERLINK "https://www.crec.org/foundation/docs/Ana_Grace_Love_Wins_Scholarship_application_.pdf"https://www.crec.org/foundation/docs/Ana_Grace_Love_Wins_Scholarship_application_.pdf In addition to being a CREC or Open Choice Student with an arts interest, applicants must submit three letters of recommendation, have a GPA of 3.0 or higher, be accepted to a four-year college program, have a demonstrated financial need, and agree to public recognition of the award with the Márquez-Greene family.In 2014, CREC Greater Hartford Academy of the Arts Elementary School was renamed in honor of Ana Grace. CREC Ana Grace Academy of the Arts Elementary School served students grade PreK-5 in its Avon facility until its merger with CREC Greater Hartford Academy of the Arts Middle School in January 2022, when CREC opened the CREC Ana Grace Academy of the Arts PreK-8 school in Bloomfield. ###The Capitol Region Education Council was established in 1966. Working with and for its member districts, CREC has developed a wide array of cost-effective and high-quality programs and services to meet the educational needs of children and adults in the region. CREC brings over five decades of experience in education, regional collaboration, and operations to provide innovative strategies and products that address the changing needs of school districts and their students, corporations, non-profits, and individual professions. CREC regularly serves 36 towns in Greater Hartford, offering more than 120 programs to more than 150,000 students annually. CREC manages more than 35 facilities throughout the area, including 16 interdistrict magnet schools and two magnet programs. More information about CREC and CREC’s award-winning schools is available at www.crec.org.

CREC hires Miguel Pabon to replace retiring Carole Kerkin as Assistant Superintendent for Pupil Services

(Hartford, Conn.) On Monday, May 15, 2023, CREC officially announced the hiring of Miguel Pabon as Assistant Superintendent of Pupil Services for CREC Magnet Schools, effective July 2023. Pabon leaves his current role as Director of Pupil Services for Waterbury Public Schools to re-join CREC. “Miguel Pabon is a great hire for CREC. With previous experience working for CREC, he understands the complexity of providing students services in a magnet school environment,” said Timothy J. Sullivan Jr., Superintendent of CREC Magnet Schools. “He knows that building strong relationships with our sending districts is critical to our success. Miguel has spent his career advocating for students and families, we are happy to have him leading that effort in our schools and programs.”Pabon will replace Carole Kerkin, who is retiring from the same position at the end of the school year. “The departure of Carole Kerkin leaves us with big shoes to fill,” said Sullivan. “Carole was relentless in efforts to support our students and make sure that every child was given the opportunity to be successful.”Kerkin has served CREC in many roles for over 20 years, including time as Assistant Director of both CREC Student Services and the Hartford Region Open Choice Program.Originally from Puerto Rico, Pabon has lived in Connecticut the majority of his life and is a product of an urban public school education. He is bilingual/bicultural and has dedicated his professional career of over 25 years to working in urban education. After earning his Bachelor’s degree from the University of Connecticut, and Master’s degree from Northeastern University, he worked as a bilingual school psychologist for Hartford Public Schools for nine years. Miguel earned his sixth-year degree in Educational Leadership from Central Connecticut State University and has held a variety of leadership positions in several school districts, including previous time with CREC, Hartford, Windham, and Waterbury.###The Capitol Region Education Council was established in 1966. Working with and for its member districts, CREC has developed a wide array of cost-effective and high-quality programs and services to meet the educational needs of children and adults in the region. CREC brings over five decades of experience in education, regional collaboration, and operations to provide innovative strategies and products that address the changing needs of school districts and their students, corporations, non-profits, and individual professions. CREC regularly serves 36 towns in Greater Hartford, offering more than 120 programs to more than 150,000 students annually. CREC manages more than 35 facilities throughout the area, including 16 interdistrict magnet schools and two magnet programs. More information about CREC and CREC’s award-winning schools is available at www.crec.org.

CREC Council Passes Resolution to Support Student Centered Funding Through CGA House Bill 5003

(Hartford, Conn.) At CREC’s Annual Meeting on Wednesday, May 17, 2023, the CREC Council approved a resolution requesting Governor Lamont and the Connecticut General Assembly to support and fully fund the Student Centered Funding Plan within House Bill 5003: An Act Concerning Education Funding. The resolution also asks that the plan be adopted into the Biennium State Budget for Fiscal Year 2024-25.“As a long time educator, this legislation is transformational in providing an equitable funding mechanism for all public school students, including magnet school students, to be fully funded according to their learning needs while also providing our school districts with relief for magnet tuition,”said Greg Florio, CREC Executive Director. “We ask Governor Lamont and our Legislative Leaders to fully fund HB 5003"By removing the need for tuition, HB 5003 creates a Student Centered Funding Formula that eliminates the burden of regular education costs on the resident districts of Sheff magnet school students. This resolution demonstrates a joint commitment of CREC council members representing boards of education in the Capitol Region for fully funding this transformative legislation.The CREC Council is comprised of 34 board of education members from the cities and towns in the Capitol Region:- Lydia Tedone, CREC Council Chair, Simsbury- Tyron Harris, Vice-Chair, East Hartford- Kim Oliver, Secretary/Treasurer, Hartford- Jackie Blea, Avon- Tracy Sisti, Berlin- Donald F. Harris, Jr., Bloomfield- Joseph Wilkerson, Jr., Bloomfield- Rhea Klein, Bolton- Louis M. Daniels, Canton- Celina Kelleher, Cromwell- Kate Carey-Trull, East Windsor- Francis Neill, East Windsor- Miriam Underwood, Ellington- Elizabeth Fitzsimmons, Farmington- Julie Thompson, Glastonbury- Kristina Gilton, Granby- Chris Pattacini, Manchester- Merrill Gay, New Britain- Bruce Fletcher, Newington- Becky Tyrrell, Plainville- Meg Scata, Portland- John Vecchitto, Regional School District 10 (Harwinton/Burlington)- Dilip Desai, Rocky Hill- Krista Cherry, Somers- Sarah Moynihan Bollinger, Somers- Anitha Elango, South Windsor- Craig Zimmerman, South Windsor- Robert Brown Connellan, Southington- Maureen Sattan, Suffield- Deborah Rodriguez, Vernon- Bobbie Hughes-Granato, Wethersfield- Leonard Lockhart, Windsor- David Furie, Windsor- Dennis Gragnolati, Windsor Locks- Patricia King, Windsor Locks###The Capitol Region Education Council was established in 1966. Working with and for its member districts, CREC has developed a wide array of cost-effective and high-quality programs and services to meet the educational needs of children and adults in the region. CREC brings over five decades of experience in education, regional collaboration, and operations to provide innovative strategies and products that address the changing needs of school districts and their students, corporations, non-profits, and individual professions. CREC regularly serves 36 towns in Greater Hartford, offering more than 120 programs to more than 150,000 students annually. CREC manages more than 35 facilities throughout the area, including 16 interdistrict magnet schools and two magnet programs. More information about CREC and CREC’s award-winning schools is available at www.crec.org.

The Hartford Region Open Choice Program Awards its Annual Scholarships for 2022

On Wednesday, May 18, The Hartford Region Open Choice Program awarded its Annual Scholarships for 2022. The scholarships are awarded each year to Open Choice high school seniors, all Hartford residents.The Mary Carroll-Kennedy Scholarship was established in honor of the founding director of Open Choice, formally Project Concern, where she dedicated more than 30 years to providing opportunities for Hartford residents who desired a diverse and quality education. Carroll began her career in education in Connecticut in 1964. In 1966, Project Concern was developed and managed by the Hartford Board of Education, and she accepted a position in 1968 as a support teacher for the program. As a result of her dedication and passion for serving children, Carroll became director of Project Concern in 1982 and successfully worked to provide Hartford students with educational opportunities. The 2022 recipients of the Mary Carroll-Kennedy Scholarship are: Juliana Garcia Chincilla of Berlin High School will attend Central Connecticut State University and major in Business.Akeva Koulla of Avon High School will attend University of Connecticut and major in Biomedical Engineering. Sarah Antoine of Hall High School will attend Southern Connecticut State University and major in Digital Production.In celebration of the 50th anniversary of the Hartford Region Open Choice Program, formerly Project Concern, CREC Established the Marjorie Little Book Award. The award recognizes the contributions of parents and employees to the program and is given in honor of Marjorie Little, a parent and a former employee who comiited 29 years of her life to ensure that Hartford residents have a choice when it comes to their education. The 2022 recipients of the Marjorie Little Book Award are:Noelle Blake of Avon High School will attend Dartmouth College and major in Government.Didismay Yedra of Portland High School will attend Eastern Connecticut State University and major in Education. “The Hartford Based team is ecstatic to be able to continue this annual scholarship to this years recipients. Congratulations to this years recipiences. They have worked incredibly hard and we look forward to hearing about the positive impact they will make as they enter into the next stage in their lives.” concluded Kristina Jordan, Director of School Choice. ###The Capitol Region Education Council was established in 1966. Working with and for its member districts, CREC has developed a wide array of cost-effective and high-quality programs and services to meet the educational needs of children and adults in the region. CREC brings over five decades of experience in education, regional collaboration, and operations to provide innovative strategies and products that address the changing needs of school districts and their students, corporations, non-profits, and individual professions. CREC regularly serves 36 towns in Greater Hartford, offering more than 120 programs to more than 150,000 students annually. CREC manages more than 35 facilities throughout the area, including 16 interdistrict magnet schools and two magnet programs. More information about CREC and CREC’s award-winning schools is available at www.crec.org.

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