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Fawcett new member of New London board of education

By ELLEN SIMMONS • Jan 10, 2020 at 8:00 PM

NEW LONDON — The board of education began 2020 Monday with the swearing in of Tim Grys, who was re-elected in November, and Abbie Fawcett, who was appointed to fill the seat of Kevin Babcock, who did not run for re-election.

Fawcett is a graduate of New London High School and Bowling Green State University, where she majored in accounting. She works for Westfield Bank and lives in the village with husband Steve and four children.

Elementary Principal Chris Dulka reported on the Sensory Walk, a pathway laid out in the hallway with various stations where the student performs a series of physical activities. Dulka said the purpose is to help students focus, as well as to encourage them to exercise.

Superintendent Brad Romano explained the ED STEPS program, a state-sponsored plan in which the school is one of 30 pilot districts. Its purpose is to “streamline the process for assessing needs, developing plans and applying for funds.”

After giving a report on the strategic planning program, Romano said the two processes are complementary and are designed to promote economy and efficiency in all schools in the state.

After acting on several routine measures, the board approved Mike Collins to the library board, effective through Dec. 31, 2026.

Ken Long was chosen board president the year, and Dominic Maiani is vice president. Meetings are scheduled for 6 p.m., the third Monday of each month.

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