Board of Education

Ms. Patricia S. Perry (Southbury) Chairperson

Mr. Paul Babarik (Middlebury) Member
Ms. Janet Allen Butkus (Southbury) Member
Ms. Brenda Carter (Middlebury) Member
Ms. Jennifer Connelly (Southbury) Member
Mr. John R. Cookson (Middlebury) Member
Ms. Sharon Guck (Southbury) Member
Ms. Marion Manzo (Southbury) Member
Mr. Richard Spierto (Middlebury) Member
Mr. Steven Suriani (Southbury) Member

Mission/General Information:

Membership: Currently the Board of Education has 10 elected members, six from Southbury and four from Middlebury, who serve four-year terms. The Superintendent of Schools and two student representatives are nonvoting members of the board. Meets twice a month except during midsummer.

Powers and Duties: BOE members are responsible for all education and school related policies and procedures, as well as teacher contracts. In monitoring the implementation of policy, a clear understanding of the differences between policy and administration is essential. BOE selects, directs and evaluates the regional superintendent, who is responsible for the day-to-day administration of the district. Board members prepare the region’s annual budget which includes payments for bonds or other capital indebtedness for land and buildings. They supervise the building of schools, including additions or renovations of buildings and the purchase of equipment. Members are expected to participate in meetings, discussions, public hearings, workshops and retreats. They authorize the purchase, lease or rental of property for school purposes.

Qualifications: Candidates should have a strong commitment to quality public education and be able to balance education values with the fiscal abilities of the towns. An understanding of the extensive time commitment involved is required.  Because criticism and conflict occur, BOE members need to be tolerant and respectful of opposing opinions. Members come from a wide variety of backgrounds with experience in financial matters, education, community affairs, human resources, education, legal matters and management.

Additional Information

Regular Meeting Schedule for 2016-2017
(7:30 PM, Pomperaug High School, All Purpose Room No. 103):

 The Board of Education usually meets twice a month
(please check the Region 15 website for meeting updates at:


 September 12 & 26  October 24  November 14 & 28  December 12


 January 9 & 23  February 13 & 27  March 13 & 27
 April 3 & 24  May 8 & 22
 June 12

Minutes and Agendas:

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