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Commission

The Commission on Public Schools is a panel of 40+ professionals elected to represent our diverse membership from across New England. Individuals on the Commission include school and central office administrators, teachers, and members from the public sector. Commission members are nominated by member school principals or may self-nominate. A nominating subcommittee brings nominations forward for vote by the entire Commission. Any openings on the Commission are made public and announced to the member schools.

Responsibilities:

Using the Standards for Accreditation, the CPS Commissioners meet regularly throughout the year to review accreditation reports submitted by and about member schools, and provide commendations and recommendations specific to each school. This feedback serves as a roadmap for individualized and ongoing school growth and improvement for student learning. In addition, Commissioners determine the accreditation status of each member school.

Commissioners serve on one of the three CPS Committees which are divided in order to focus on the specific needs of:
 

  • high schools (CPSS)
     
  • elementary and middle schools (CPEMS)
     
  • career and technical schools and centers (CTCI)

Commissioners

Officers

Nikitoula Menounos
Chair, Commission on Public Schools
Chair, Committee on Technical and Career Institutions

Assistant Superintendent, Connecticut Technical Education and Career System
Hartford, CT

Robert Baldwin
Chair, Committee on Public Elementary and Middle Schools
Superintendent, Fairhaven Public Schools
Fairhaven, MA

Sharon Cournoyer
Assistant Chair, Committee on Public Secondary Schools
Assistant Superintendent
Windsor Locks Public Schools, CT

Gregory Myers
Chair, Committee on Public Secondary Schools
Superintendent
Millbury Public Schools, MA

CPSS

CPSS, the Committee on Public Secondary Schools, is a subgroup of the Commission on Public Schools comprised of 26 members drawn from across the six New England states. CPSS members may serve a maximum of two consecutive three-year terms. The chairperson is elected by Committee membership for a two-year term.

CPSS is made up of:

  • 18 high school administrators, three from each of the six New England states
  • 3 central office administrators, each representing a specific state as determined on a rotating basis; each state is represented in turn for a period of six years
  • 1 non-administrator from a member school
  • 1 at-large educator elected from a member school in any of the six New England states
  • 2 middle-high administrators elected at-large from among member schools
  • 1 public member from a district with at least one member school and who is currently not an employee of a public educational system
Connecticut

Sharon Cournoyer
Assistant Chair, Committee on Public Secondary Schools
Assistant Superintendent, Windsor Locks Public Schools

Bryan D. Luizzi
Superintendent, New Canaan Public Schools

Anna Mahon
Principal, Amity Regional Senior High School

Nicholas J. Spera
Principal, Marine Science Magnet High School
 

Maine

Mary Colombo
Public Member, Kennebunk

Dwayne Conway
Principal, Maranacook Community High School

Jeffrey Shedd
Principal, Cape Elizabeth High School

David Walker
Superintendent, Regional School Unit #34

Daniel Welch
Principal, Boothbay Region High School

Massachusetts

Amy Cetner
Principal, Bourne High School

Catherine Knowles
College & Career Readiness Liaison, Worcester Public Schools

Christopher Lord
Assistant Superintendent, Peabody School District

Gary E. Maestas
Superintendent, Plymouth Public Schools

Gregory Myers
Chair, Committee on Public Secondary Schools
Superintendent, Millbury Public Schools, MA

Bruce Pontbriand
Network Coordinator for High School Accreditation, TechBoston Academy

New Hampshire

Todd Allen
Assistant Superintendent, Oyster River Cooperative School District

Susan Bureau
Dean of Academics, Alvirne High School

Justin Campbell
Principal, Hanover High School

Peter Weaver
Assistant Principal, Raymond High School

Rhode Island

Joseph D. Hurley
Principal, Barrington High School

Lisa Leaheey
English Teacher, North Providence High School

Kevin McNamara
Principal, Lincoln High School

Phil Solomon
Principal, West Warwick High School

Vermont

Ryan Parkman
Principal, Northfield Middle and High School

Pamela Reed
Associate Principal, Rutland High School

CPEMS

CPEMS, the Committee on Public Elementary and Middle Schools, is a subgroup of the Commission on Public Schools comprised of volunteer members elected by member institutions for three-year terms.

Connecticut

Michael Crocco
Talent Director, New Haven Public Schools
New Haven, CT

Maine

Richard Glencross
Principal, Samuel L. Wagner Middle School
Winterport, ME

Massachusetts

Robert Baldwin
Chair of the Committee
Superintendent, Fairhaven Public Schools
Fairhaven, MA

Barbara Murray
Public Member
North Dighton, MA

New Hampshire

Maynard F. Baldwin, Jr.
Principal, Unity Elementary School
Newport, NH

Kim Royer
Special Education Teacher, Barrington Middle School
Barrington, NH

Rhode Island

Open

Vermont

Open

CTCI

CTCI , the Committee on Career and Technical Institutions, is a subgroup of the Commission on Public Schools comprised of volunteer members elected by member institutions for three-year terms.

Connecticut

Nikitoula Menounos
Chair of the Committee
Assistant Superintendent, Connecticut Technical Education and Career System
Hartford, CT

Richard Cavallaro
Principal, Bullard-Havens Technical High School
Bridgeport, CT

Maine

Shawn Lambert
Director, Oxford Hills Technical School
Norway, ME

Massachusetts

Timothy Broadrick
Superintendent, Shawsheen Valley Technical High School
Billerica, MA

Robert Dutch
Superintendent/Director, Upper Cape Cod Regional Technical School
Bourne, MA

Thomas J. Hickey
Superintendent/Director, South Shore Vocational Technical High School
Hanover, MA

New Hampshire

Open

Rhode Island

Raymond Depot
Culinary Arts Teacher, Warwick Area Career and Technical Center
Warwick, RI

Vermont

Eileen Illuzzi
Director, North Country Career Center
Newport, VT

William Lucci
Assistant Director for Adult Education, Stafford Technical Career Center
Rutland, VT

Commission Actions

The three Committees of the Commission on Public Schools meet four times a year to review reports by or about member schools to determine the granting of candidacy or continued accreditation.

Upcoming meetings:
April 2018

Commission Actions:
To come...