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Dr. Binkowski Receives CAPSS Presidential Award

Dr. Kathleen Binkowski, Superintendent of Schools in Plainville, recently received the Connecticut Association of Public School Superintendents’ (CAPSS) prestigious Presidential Award at the Association’s Annual Meeting and Spring Conference held in May.

Dr. H. Kaye Griffin, Superintendent of Schools in Madison and CAPSS President, presented Dr. Binkowski and Dr. Christopher P. Clouet, Superintendent of Schools in New London, with the award in recognition of their quality leadership and dedicated service to the organization as Co-Chairs of the CAPSS Policy Committee. Dr. Griffin described Drs. Binkowski and Clouet as “exemplary members of the CAPSS organization,” and stated that “through their efforts and willingness to take on tough issues and hot topics,” they “facilitated the Policy Committee’s successful development of a CAPSS Children’s Health and Wellness Position Statement, facilitated the committee’s efforts to influence and respond to the work of the state High School Reform Committee, and are currently leading the committee in the development of guidelines and procedures for helping public school superintendents respond to a pandemic influenza event.”

"The greatest honor is to be recognized by your peers. It is a pleasure to contribute to the work of the superintendents throughout the state. Although this work ultimately benefits the children of Plainville, our work in developing a state wellness policy will benefit all children in the state," commented Binkowski.

“Kathy has earned the respect of her peers and her staff because she is more than willing to take on tough issues and because she always puts the welfare of students first. While being recognized by her peers is an honor; it’s not really a surprise; Kathy Binkowski is a terrific superintendent,” noted Patrick Ringrose, Plainville Board of Education.

Dr. Binkowski has been employed by the Plainville school system for her entire educational career, beginning as a grades five and six teacher and team leader at Linden Street School in 1973. Binkowski also served as Principal of Frank T. Wheeler Elementary School from 1981-1983, Supervisor of Instruction from 1983-1986, Director of Instructional Services from 1986-1996, and as Director of Professional Standards and Strategic Planning from 1996-2001. She was elected Superintendent of Schools in 2001. Dr. Binkowski earned bachelor’s and master’s degrees from Central Connecticut State University and a sixth year certificate and doctorate from the University of Connecticut. She also serves on the CAPSS Legislative and Technology Committees.

-Posted on June 12, 2006 at 04:39 PM

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