June 25, 2014
Dear Members of the Litchfield Community,
My tenure as your Superintendent of Schools is slowly drawing
to its close; it is almost overwhelming to read the many
affirmative messages that I have received from members of
our school community.
I have been deeply honored to lead the Litchfield
Public Schools. This is an exemplary school district, due to
the talent and hard work of our students, the dedication and
expertise of our faculty, the commitment of our parents, and
the determination of this community to provide the best
education for every child.
As I reflect on the highlights of the past five years I am
proud of the recognition that our students have achieved for
their performance in academics, in the arts and in athletic
competitions. I am proud of the positive and collaborative
working relationships that developed among our bargaining
units, the Board of Education and me that led to labor
agreements beneficial to all stakeholders. I am proud of
having had six budgets passed on the first vote, five at
town hearing and one during referendum. I am proud of the
feedback from our recent graduates, who advised that they
were very satisfied with their preparation at LHS, and
providing specific suggestions for improvement of our
educational program. Next to my satisfaction over the
achievement of our students, I am most pleased by the
increased recognition of Litchfield as a district where
faculty and administration have aligned to implement best
practice in curriculum, instruction, assessment and
professional development. We are once again regarded as a
leading school district in the State of Connecticut!
In September the Class of 2027 will enter Center School as
Kindergartners to begin their journey through the schools. I
will be thinking appreciatively and with warmth of them, and
of my years as your Superintendent. Thank you all for
providing that opportunity. I leave with best wishes to you
and to the new Superintendent.
Deborah S. Wheeler, Ed.D.
Superintendent of Schools