by Edin Equality
Say goodbye to Dan Cocchiola
Yes, Dan Cocchiola and his (approx.) $150,000 a year salary are leaving for a new school system. Is it that he may have been consulting with the new school rather than providing the education to the students he had actually been contracted with Hamden Public Schools to perform.
Earlier this concerned citizen has explained that not only that Superintendent Gary Highsmith is aware of the entire situation about Dan Cocchiola failing to provide computers for 95% of the students at Hamden High School… but he does not appear to be concerned about. When this concerned citizen continued to follow up with the school district, the district blocked my email address…
Apparently if you can’t communicate with the school district, there are no problems.
Let me put this in context, dear taxpayers of Hamden… your students are not receiving any computer technology education since Dan Cocchiola failed to purchase computers for two years in a row… I’m sorry, let me clarify…
If your student is one of the approximate 100 HECA students (Hamden Engineering Careers Academy), then yes… your child is receiving a state-of-the-art computer education and they are well on their way to college and a career.
However, if your student is one of the approximate 1,500 RESTA students (those students not enrolled in HECA)… your student has not had a computer on their desk for the past 2 years with absolutely no hands on computer tech training (all the while supposedly having to learn the same as the HECA Students). I’m guessing that school system doesn’t care if they believe that they will be enrolling in college or pursuing a career in some kind of Tech.
We are not talking about a difficult task, only requiring about 20 iMacs (for 1,500 students) with a total cost to the school system about $30,000… that’s only $22 per student.
Apparently Dan Cocchiola thought this was too much to even order the list of equipment for 2 years… now he’s leaving Hamden School System for greener pastures. Let’s hope he does a better job (I’m not sure how much vetting the new school system did, but I’m sure those 100 HECA students are doing great).
As a final blow to the school system and your students, Dan Cocchiola failed to complete the Master Schedule for school year 2023 (which I’m sure is part of his job description).
This reader feels that this is Educational Malpractice on the part of Dan Cocchiola and Gary Highsmith for failing to perform the barest minimum to educate your student at Hamden High School.
There should be some accountability for this incompetence. Perhaps the students need to file a class action to get an equal education from Hamden Public Schools.
Dan Cocchiola is leaving next week, in his wake, 2 years of educational inequality