Academics

The Office of Academics is committed to providing the students of Hartford Public Schools with rigorous and engaging learning opportunities across all content areas and grade levels. The Office of Academics maintains a focus on supporting Early Literacy, English Language Learning, College & Career Readiness, and Curriculum & Instruction. The Office of Academics also includes the Data & Accountability division, which supports the district’s assessments, student information systems, and state reporting streams of work.

Core Areas of Service:

Finance

The Office of Finance creates environments and systems that enhance the use of financial performance information in decision making that best services our students and ensures a high level of public accountability. The Office of Finance leads the district in all aspects of financial management including payroll, risk insurance and compliance, workers’ compensation, as well as accounting, disbursements, and controls, and provides accessibility to District Finance Reports in addition to School Budget Documentation for public review.

Core Areas of Service:
  • Financial Management
  • Payroll
  • Risk Insurance & Compliance
  • Workers’ Compensation
  • Accounting, Disbursements, & Controls
Departments:
Accounting & Disbursements
Maureen Colman, Director
Budget Services & Planning
Marc Williams, Manager of Budget & Development
Risk Management & Insurance
John Griffin, Director of Risk Management & Insurance Services
Business Services & Systems
JoAnna Laiscell, Executive Director of Financial Management
 

Operations & Engagement

The Office of Operations & Engagement leads all aspects of district operations, encompassing facilities, security, food services and transportation, as well as the district’s Choice and Family & Community Engagement divisions, including our Welcome Center. The Office of Operations & Engagement champions the district’s Equity 2020 initiative, which seeks to engage the community at large to help the district develop a long-term plan that connects facilities, geography, academic alignment, and school choice to maximize resources and opportunities for our students.

Dr. Jose Colon-Rivas
Chief Operating Officer
860-695-8245
Choice
Marjorie Davis, Assistant Director of School Choice
860-695-8821 / 860-713-6994
Facilities Department
Claudio Bazzano, Executive Director of Facilities
Food Services
Lonnie Burt, Director of Food Services
Security
Joseph Sikora, Director of Security
Transportation
Fred Till, Director of Transportation
Welcome Center
Marta Bentham, Senior Executive Director of Family Services and Ombudsman
860-695-8400

Office of Elementary & Middle Grades Education

The Office of Elementary & Middle Grades Education develops the leadership capacity of elementary and middle grades principals and supports the implementation of school improvement efforts. Under a coordinated service model, teams of central office staff work under the leadership of the Chief of Elementary & Middle Grades Officer. Through their efforts, principals receive professional development and differentiated support to improve student outcomes.
Contact:
Dr. Catherine Carbone
Chief of Elementary & Middle Grades Education
Evette Avila
Executive Director of Elementary & Middle Grades EducationVanessa McGee
Executive Assistant to the Office of Elementary & Middle Grades Education
860-695-8650 | vanessa.mcgee@hartfordschools.org

Office of Secondary Education

The Office of Secondary Education develops the leadership capacity of secondary and high school principals and supports the implementation of school improvement efforts. Under a coordinated service model, teams of central office staff work under the leadership of the Chief Officer of Secondary Education. Through their efforts, principals receive professional development and differentiated support to improve student outcomes.
Contact:
Mr. Jonathan Swan
Chief of Secondary Education
Mr. Oliver Barton
Executive Director of Secondary Education
Iris Caraballo
Executive Assistant to the Office of Secondary Education

Talent Management & Labor Relations

The Office of Talent Management & Labor Relations ensures that each school is led by an effective leader and that each leader has the support to develop and retain highly qualified teachers from recruitment to induction – and ultimately through their career path development. The Office of Talent Management & Labor Relations focuses on developing and supporting our “human capital” through various service including human resources, staffing, recruiting, professional learning, leadership development, performance management, and labor relations.

Core Areas of Service:
•    Human Resources

o    Recruiting
o    Hiring
o    Staffing

•    Professional Learning
•    Information/Data Management
•    Leadership Development
•    Performance Management

o    Evaluations

•    Labor Relations

Natasha Durrant
Executive Director of Human Resources

Loren Andreotta, Assistant to the Executive Director
Loren.Andreotta@hartfordschools.org
860-695-8835

Peter Dart
Assistant Superintendent for Talent Management

Hannah Mele-Andrews, Assistant to the Chief Labor and Legal Officer
MELEH001@hartfordschools.org
860-695-8688

Departments:
Recruitment
Staffing
Professional Development
Leadership Development
Performance Management
Compensation & Benefits
Labor Relations