The Good

Running the Town's Business

It takes a lot of dedicated people to keep the Town of Monroe running smoothly. And if you missed the annual employee awards ceremony at town hall, there are a few names and neighbors you ought to know. Awards are made in five year increments.  The event was one of First Selectman Kenneth M.  Kellogg’s first duties

“The work and efforts of dedicated Town employees are too often forgotten, unrecognized or taken for granted”, he said.  “I take great pride and honor in rewarding those employees who have made a significant impact in this Town.  Because of your efforts, Monroe is a better place to live.”

Recognized for putting in the most years, 40, on behalf of the town wasPublic Works’  Robert Michel. Associate Stephen Wolf  received an award for his 10 years of service.             

The Police Department had the most honorees-  eight:

  • Mark Doyle—5 Years of Service
  • John McCauley—5 Years of Service
  • Amanda Losh—5 Years of Service
  • Omar Wahib—5 Years of Service
  • Danielle Boucher—10 Years of Service
  • Peter Howard—20 Years of Service
  • Jay Torreso—30 Years of Service
  • Rosalie Stuart—35 Years of Service

Cynthia Cheatham, a civilian working within the police department was honored for 30 Years of Service.

From Edith Wheeler Memorial Library,  Director Margaret Bouchers was recognised for 15 years of fulltime Service. Receiving awards for part time work were Linda Suhr, 10 Years of Service And Marilyn Binck for five Years of Service.

Administrative Assistant Tanya Bombero was recognised for 10 Years of Service and Chief Building Official  james Sandor was recognized for 30 years of service.

From Parks & Recreation, Director Francis Cooper received  recognition for 5 Years of Service and Bryan Crouch for 15 Years of Service.

From Monroe’s Highway Department James Waite received an award for his 10 Years of Service and Christopher Caulfieldfor, 30 Years of Service.

Part-timers receiving awards in the Fire Marshall’s office were Dennis Eannotti  for 5 Years of Service and Glenn Mate  for 10 Years  of Service.

Awards were presented by the recipients supervisors. And opening remarks were made by Cathy Lombardi, HR Director. 

Clowning Around for Charity

Monroe educator and resident Donald Casey Jr. was recently awarded, for a second year, the coveted Red Nose Award by officers of the International Shrine Clown Association

The award is presentled annually to dedicated Shrine Temple Clowns spending at least 150 hours in full makeup raising funds to assist needy children receiving medical services through the International Shrine Clown Association Sneaker Fund. The Sneaker Fund provides financial support for research striving to develop improved treatments and techniques for children with burn injuries at the Shriner Hospital.

Casey is a volunteer clown with the Pyramid Shrine Temple and creative educator at Stepney Elementary School.

Heading Up Monroe Schools

A New Superintendent

Dr. Jack Zamary has been selected as the incoming Superintendent of Schools beginning in the 2018-19 school year.   Dr. Zamary will replace Mr. John Battista who is retiring in June. Dr. Zamary has been part of the Central Office leadership team since 2012, and currently serves as the Assistant Superintendent of Schools.  Previously, Dr. Zamary had worked in Newtown and Regional School District 15 as a teacher, director of the Arts, and principal.  

During his time in education leadership, Dr. Zamary has come to be widely known as a leader who communicates and collaborates with the staff to improve instruction and brings new and innovative ideas to the district.

Dr. Zamary has a Bachelors Degree and Master Degree of Music Education, from the University of CT, a Sixth Year in Educational Leadership, and Doctorate in Educational Leadership, from Southern Connecticut State University. 

A reception hosted by the Monroe Board of Education was recently held at Masuk High School to congratulate Dr. Zamary

A New Assistant Superintendent

The Assistant Superintendent Interview Committee, made up of administrators, a teacher, a parent, and Board of Education has announced that Masuk High School Principal, Joseph Kobza, has been selected as the Assistant Superintendent of Schools beginning July 1, 2018.

Kobza has been an efficient and popular educator in Monroe for the past 19 years. A graduate of Masuk High School, he began his career in Monroe as a history teacher at Masuk. After several years in that position, he became the Dean of Students and Assistant Principal before becoming the Principal of Masuk in 2011.

Koza earned his BA from Trinity College in history and his MA in teaching from Boston College. He completed his Educational Leadership in Administration certification from Southern Connecticut State University and is currently pursuing his Superintendent Certification from Central Connecticut State University. He has been a successful teacher, coach, administrator, and mentor in the Monroe Schools, according to the Interview Committee.

The appointment of Kobza to this new role leaves an opening for Principal of Masuk High School. A committee of teachers, administrators, BOE members, and parents will be established to begin the search. The goal of the committee is to hire a replacement before the end of the school year.