Waterbury Neighborhood Council Awards Superintendent of Schools the 2022 City Service Award


WATERBURY- On Thursday, October 22, 2022, the Waterbury Neighborhood Council awarded the Superintendent of Schools, Dr. Verna D. Ruffin, the 2022 City Service Award. The Waterbury Neighborhood Council held its 22nd annual awards dinner at La Bella Vista where they awarded four community leaders with the City Service Award and the Good Neighbor Awards. The five recipients of the City Service Award are: Waterbury Police Chief Fernando C. Spagnolo, Reverend James M. Sullivan, Superintendent of Schools Dr. Verna D. Ruffin and Guiseppe “Joe” Pisani of Pisani Steel and the Naugatuck River Brigade, Police Activity League.  

“We were honored to award Superintendent Dr. Verna D. Ruffin for excellent guidance and leadership during the pandemic,” said Waterbury Neighborhood Council President Arthur Denze. “Dr. Ruffin was strategic in her management of the pandemic for the district and was always present to the community, parents, students and staff. She played an integral and active role and for that we thank her.” 

The Waterbury Neighborhood Council is composed of the presidents and representatives from the Neighborhood Associations throughout Waterbury. The Waterbury Neighborhood Council strives to encourage citizen involvement in both neighborhood and citywide issues, to strengthen existing neighborhood organizations, and to foster the creation of new ones. The Waterbury Neighborhood Council understands that active citizen participation and involvement in the issues that affect the quality of life in Waterbury are an essential requirement for both the preservation of our neighborhoods and the revitalization of the City of Waterbury.  

“The Neighborhood Council Annual Award is a great event that recognizes community leaders who are active and involved in many community projects aimed at bringing positivity to our City,” said Dr. Verna D. Ruffin, Waterbury Public Schools Superintendent. “I am honored to be one of the City Service Award recipients and I look forward to continuously working together with our neighborhood council in enriching the quality of life here in Waterbury.”

About Waterbury Public Schools
Waterbury Public Schools offer a comprehensive educational program to over 18,600 students in grades Pre-K through 12. This program includes core academics, fine and applied arts, health and fitness, and career pathway offerings as well as special education, an alternative school, and several enrichment programs. Waterbury Public Schools mission is to inspire and prepare every student to be successful in and beyond school. Learn more at www.waterbury.k12.ct.us.


Belen Michelis, Director of Communications, belen.michelis@waterbury.k12.ct.us

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