Originally appeared in the CAS Weekly Newsletter. Written by attorney Thomas B. Mooney.Dear Legal Mailbag: I had a weird experience the other day that I need to share with you. A family new to the district came by to enroll their 4th grade daughter, and they stopped in to see me. I was delighted to welcome the newcomer to our happy little school. However, I was not happy to see her “best friend,”…
Originally appeared in the CAS Weekly Newsletter. Written by attorney Thomas B. Mooney. Dear Legal Mailbag: As the principal of a large middle school, I pride myself in running a tight ship. I want my teachers on time where they are assigned. I want my custodians to keep the building spic and span. I want my parents to keep out of my hair, and above all else, I don’t want to be surprised.…
Shipman & Goodwin attorneys Julie Fay, Bob O’Brien and Laurann Asklof will present sessions at the 2018 NAIS-TABS Legal Symposium. Julie will present the session, “Managing Students: A Day in the Life of a Dean.”  This session will address legal issues and best practices on issues such as misuse of social media, searching student phones, vaping, and how to develop an effective and compliant student handbook. As part of this discussion, Julie will discuss…
Please join us for our annual fall seminar on October 25, 2018 at the Hartford Marriott Downtown. This promises to be an interesting and informative program regarding recent developments in labor and employment law. Our half-day seminar will include discussions of the timely topics listed here as well as updates on recent legislation and court decisions affecting employers. When: October 25, 2018 8:00 AM – 12:00 PM EDT Where: Hartford Marriott Downtown 200 Columbus Boulevard, Hartford, CT…
Mr. Chairperson has had his hands full with two new members of the Nutmeg Board of Education. Mal Content and Chrissie Critical were elected to the Board just last November, but they quickly started antagonizing Mr. Chairperson and the other Board members. Nothing, it seemed, was right in their view. Mal and Chrissie complained at the Board meetings about the “do-nothing” Board, and they repeatedly complained by email to all the other Board members. Some…
Originally appeared in the CAS Weekly Newsletter. Written by attorney Thomas B. Mooney.Dear Legal Mailbag: I drive the speed limit; I drink only in moderation; and I attend church every Sunday. Given that I try so hard to live right, I was surprised and upset when a state marshal arrived at my school yesterday to serve me with a subpoena to appear in court. As it turns out, the case involves two parents…
Originally appeared in the CAS Weekly Newsletter. Written by attorney Thomas B. Mooney.Dear Legal Mailbag: For the last five years as the principal of an elementary school, I have done my very best to stay under the radar of the board of education. I appreciate the public service of the board members and all, but they are really a bunch of nosy parkers who should get a life. Why am I telling you…
The Connecticut Association of Public School Superintendents is hosting an upcoming event on October 3, 2018, where Peter Maher will present a review of the legislation from the 2018 legislative session. Appetizers and beverages will be provided as well as open time to network. This event is for superintendents and retired superintendents only. When: October 3, 2018 4:00 PM – 7:00 PM EDT Where: Alumni House, Fairfield University 1073 North Benson Road Fairfield, CT 06824…
Please join Shipman & Goodwin partners Andrew Davis, Aaron Levy and Matt Ranelli for this informative program regarding current and pressing environmental and renewable energy-related issues and opportunities for independent schools. The presenters will address key legal and practical issues independent schools face in their day-to-day operations as well as with campus building, renovation and demolition projects, with particular focus on: Managing Environmental Risks and Hazardous Building Materials (e.g., mold, asbestos, lead, PCBs) Best…