November 6, 2017

Dear Middletown Families, Community Members, and Educational Stakeholders,

I am honored to serve as your new Superintendent of Middletown Public Schools! During my transition, I have met many constituents, city officials, and educational stakeholders who welcomed my family and me with open arms. I want to thank you all for making my move to Middletown Public Schools seamless. The positive transition, coupled with a vibrant community, is the rationale I will be making Middletown my new home. Again, thank you for an amazing welcome to Middletown!
I learned a long time ago that good leaders “listen and learn” to understand the complexities of an organization. During my first 100 days in Middletown, I will be executing an entry plan entitled Explore Middletown. My entry plan will feature “Town Hall” forums, “Superintendent’s Night Out” at every school, meetings with various community/government leaders, and school visits so I can gain an understanding of Middletown Public Schools. Leadership is multi-faceted, adaptive, and transparent, which is why I will be listening and learning in the community. My goal is to build transparent relationships with constituents and educational stakeholders of Middletown so we can collectively ensure all students are receiving high quality learning experiences every day. Relationships are at the core of any high performing learning organization—thus, the importance I learn and understand the district from your lens. Interim reports and status updates of Explore Middletown will be provided to the community, as well as “sense making” meetings to share entry plan data findings. I look forward to this collaborative learning process as we inquire and reflect on approaches to improve Middletown Public Schools. As I stated from the outset, it is truly humbling to join this coalition in Middletown. Thank you for your support and I look forward to growing and learning with you throughout the 2017-2018 academic year.


Michael T. Conner, Ed.D.
Middletown Public Schools

Explore Middletown Entry Plan

Explore Middletown Entry Plan Progress Report

Updates on the Strategic Operating Plan