By LISA CAPOBIANCO
The school board recently voted to approve extending the contract of Bristol Superintendent of Schools Dr. Ellen Solek for the next two years.
During a recent school board meeting held earlier this month, the school board voted unanimously to extend Dr. Solek’s employment contract from July 1, 2015 until June 20, 2017. Her salary is
“I would just like to take this opportunity to thank each and every member of the Board of Education for your vote of confidence—it is truly an honor to serve in this district,” said Solek during the meeting. “We are working very hard to move this district forward.”
In July 2012, the school board appointed Solek as superintendent. Holding a master’s degree in educational administration and a doctorate in educational leadership, Solek was also the middle school principal for nine years before starting her role as Superintendent of Schools for the East Haddam School District in 2007. She has a bachelor’s degree in Music Education, which she earned at the Hartt School of Music. Starting her education career as a music teacher, Solek has served students of a variety of ages for 16 years in different communities such as Meriden and Watertown, Mass.
During her role as superintendent for Bristol Public Schools, Solek has worked to implement a regionalized alternative high school program, a full-day kindergarten program, and an in-district ABA (Applied Behavioral Analysis) program. She also has focused on fostering positive district and community relationships, such as the formation of a tri-board framework during the annual budget process and the establishment of a Citywide School Safety and Security Task Force.