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September 24, 2013 > Barbara Aro-Valle steps down

Barbara Aro-Valle steps down

Submitted By Cynthia OÕBrien

At its June Board meeting, New Haven Schools Foundation accepted the resignation of Executive Director, Barbara Aro-Valle. Ms. Aro-Valle has agreed to continue her duties until September 30. She will be leaving the Foundation to accept full-time responsibilities at Tri-CED Community Recycling of Union City. As a sign of her dedication to the New Haven community, Ms. Aro-Valle intends to return to the FoundationÕs Board of Directors and to facilitate a smooth transition.

Ms. Aro-Valle has been an integral part of the evolution of the Foundation from its stewardship under the New Haven Unified School District until 2007 when the Foundation became an independent nonprofit organization. Over the last six years she has helped the Foundation expand its scholarship program, brought back the Annual Scholarship Luncheon, created the Annual Mutt Strut and assisted with the FoundationÕs annual casino night gala. All have brought indispensable funds to support the FoundationÕs operations and grant programs. In addition, Ms. Aro-Valle facilitated the FoundationÕs partnership with the New Haven Boosters Association that has supported the $100K Pledge to the school district to ward off significant cuts to the co-curricular programs these past two years. This connection has increased grants for New Haven students, programs and projects by another $50,000 per year.

Ms. Aro-ValleÕs departure brings opportunity to the New Haven Schools Foundation. Under the guidance of president, Rebecca Venable, a transition committee has been established. The committeeÕs purpose is to review the FoundationÕs strategic plan and to recruit and hire an Executive Director. The Foundation Board of Directors remains committed to the health and stability of the New Haven Schools Foundation and the work they do for the school district.

Ms. Venable welcomes community input during this transition period. Public comments can be directed to transition@nhsfoundation.org. Updates will be available at the Foundation website: www.nhsfoundation.com.

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