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Abrahamson to Step Down From South Windsor School Board

Democrat cites "professional obligations" as reason for Jan. 1, 2013 departure.

Democrat Mark Abrahamson is stepping down from his post as a member the South Windsor Board of Education, effective Jan. 1, 2013.

Abrahamson’s resignation was precipitated by professional obligations, according to school board Chairman David Joy, who made the announcement at the school board’s regular meeting on Dec. 11.

“He said that he resigned with regret and he also said that participating on the board was a source of genuine satisfaction,” Joy said of Abrahamson, who was not in attendance on Tuesday. “We wish Mark well.”

In other business, the school board unanimously approved in concept changes to South Windsor High’s 2013-14 curriculum.

Specifically, the high school will offer second-level geometry, an intermediate art course, meteorology, consumer chemistry, keyboarding, Italian II, and a video game and design course.

In addition, the music theory course offered at the school will merge with another music class, and digital electronics will be replaced with an engineering design and development course.

High school Principal Daniel Sullivan and Superintendent of Schools Dr. Kate Carter both said that the curriculum change would affect the budget, though no new staffing would be required.

Any additional cost in programming would be due to the purchase of new textbooks, Carter said.

Still, despite the board’s approval in concept, the curriculum changes will not take effect until after the budget process. The board’s approval was still necessary, as students begin their course selection before the budget is approved, Sullivan said.

In the event that a course or two is eliminated during the budget process, students will be steered to other courses, Sullivan said.

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