School Superintendent Dr. Verna Ruffin and her administrative staff visited ten schools "On The Rise" on Monday, March 11th, to congratulate staff and students for their exceptional work in making significant gains on the state’s Accountability Index. Dr. Ruffin and her staff boarded a yellow school bus at Central Office at 8:00 a.m. A second school bus followed with members of the North End Middle School marching band. At each school the band provided a rousing entry for the 20 plus Central Office staff who participated in the visits. Each school received balloons, a congratulatory banner, a plaque, a card, sweet treats for staff, and pencils for students emblazoned with the words "Waterbury Public Schools Shining Stars."
Left to right: Assistant Superintendent Noreen Buckley, Deputy Superintendent Dr. Gregory Rodriguez, Driggs Principal Michael Theriault, and School Superintendent Dr. Verna Ruffin, with North End Middle School band (behind).