Bethel Board of Education Wins CABE Board of Distinction Award – Level II

Report by Paula Antolini
December 3, 2016 8:46AM EDT




Photo: (Left to right) Theresa Yonsky, Dir. of Fiscal Services, Bill Foster, BOE Member, Commissioner of Education, Dr. Christine Carver, Supt., Dr. Kristen Brooks, Assist. Supt., and Larry Craybas, BOE Chairman.


Bethel Board of Education Wins CABE Board of Distinction Award – Level II

The Bethel Board of Education has once again won the CABE Board of Distinction Award – Level II.

The CABE Board Recognition Awards are designed to recognize boards which provide effective leadership to their districts through the use of good practices. This program, which acknowledges the importance of school board members and superintendents working together as effective teams, strengthens publiceducation in Connecticut and across the country. This award recognizes Boards which are truly exemplary.

The award was presented at the CABE/CAPSS Convention. The Board will also be honored, for one year, on a plaque that hangs in the Leonard Rovins Conference Room at the CABE Office and will be recognized in the December CABE Journal.

Dr. Christine Carver stated, “I would like to thank the Board for their hard work and dedication to the families and children of Bethel Public Schools and their tireless commitment and support to fulfilling the mission of the Bethel Public Schools. Please join me in offering them heartfelt thanks for the work they do.”



The Connecticut Association of Boards of Education serves local and regional boards of education in Connecticut and is dedicated to improving the quality of education throughout the state and the nation. CABE’s membership includes 151 school districts representing 90% of the state’s public school population. CABE is a leading advocate for public education at the state capitol and in Washington, DC, and offers many types of support services to local boards of education including the Board Member Academy, a continuing education program for local board of education members.

CABE Board Recognition Awards

CABE believes that Boards of Education and Superintendents which exhibit the most effective leadership are characterized by their ability to work together as “teams.” The CABE Board Recognition Awards are designed to recognize Boards which work effectively in this manner. Boards which fulfill 22 of the following 34 Level One criteria, including a minimum of three in each area, will earn the Level One CABE Board Leadership Award.
In order to appropriately recognize those Boards which are truly exemplary, CABE has now established a second level of awards, the Board of Distinction Award. Only Boards which have achieved Level One distinction at least twice in the prior four years are eligible to receive the Board of Distinction Award. Boards must achieve at least two Level Two items in each Level Two category to receive this award.

2016 CABE Leadership Award Winners

Level I – CABE Board Recognition Award

Bristol Board of Education

Canterbury Board of Education

Canton Board of Education

Coventry Board of Education

East Haddam Board of Education

East Lyme Board of Education

Killingly Board of Education

Naugatuck Board of Education

New Britain Board of Education

Plainfield Board of Education

Shelton Board of Education

Thomaston Board of Education

Waterbury Board of Education

Waterford Board of Education

Wilton Board of Education

Windsor Locks Board of Education


Level II – CABE Board of Distinction Award

Berlin Board of Education

Bethel Board of Education

Bloomfield Board of Education

Derby Board of Education

Glastonbury Board of Education

Montville Board of Education

Old Saybrook Board of Education

Plainville Board of Education

Plymouth Board of Education

Putnam Board of Education

Simsbury Board of Education

Vernon Board of Education

Wolcott Board of Education