Board of Education
Our Board of Education oversees our educational system. Learn more about this body on the pages in this section.
- Roxane McKay, Chairperson
- Michael Votto, Vice-Chairperson
- Kathy Castelli
- Erin Corso, Instructional Committee Chairperson
- Karen Hlavac, Operations Committee Chairperson
- Patty Pursell
- Tammy Raccio
- Patrick Reynolds, Secretary
- Ray Ross
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Mr. Votto has been a resident of Wallingford since 1971. He was raised in North Haven and attended public schools in that town and graduated from North Haven High School.
Mr. Votto received his BS and MS degrees in Education at Southern Connecticut State University. He also received 30 credits towards his 6th year at Southern Connecticut State University and the University of New England. Mr. Votto taught in the North Branford School System for 37 years as a Middle School teacher, primarily teaching 8th grade U.S. History. In his role as teacher at North Branford Intermediate School he served as Advisor to many student organizations, was Dean of Students, and the substitute Principal and Vice-Principal. Mr. Votto has been a member of the Wallingford Board of Education since 1999 and has served as Chairman of the Board for two of his 5 terms and was recently elected to his seventh term. Mr. Votto also previously served for many years as Chairman of the Most Holy Trinity School Board of Education and also as Home/School President. He has been a Special Minister of the Eucharist at Most Holy Trinity Church since 1983. Mr. Votto is presently principal of St. Aedan-St. Brendan School in New Haven and also teachers courses at Choate-Rosemary Hall in its Summer Program department.
Mr. Votto and his wife, Ann, have three children, two of whom are teachers. His son, Michael, is married and lives in Massachusetts and teachers fourth grade and has two daughters. His daughter. Ariana, is also married and teaches Latin in Branford and has five year old triplets. His youngest daughter, Gena, lives at home and works for SARAH.
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Kathy has served on the board of education since January of 2008. From 2008-2010 she served as secretary. In addition to attending both the Instructional and Operations monthly committee meetings, Kathy co-chaired the 2011-2012 School Calendar committee and was a member of the Facilities Usage committee that reviewed and revised this policy. She is presently serving on the Strategic Plan Technology committee.
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Education: BS, University of the State of New York, Regents College; Master of Public Health, University of Connecticut.
Platform: Provide a quality education for every child while maintaining fiscal responsibility; ensure a safe learning environment; promote collaborations and communication with parents, teachers, administrators and the public.
History: Wallingford Board of Education member for thirteen years; past Chairperson and current Vice-Chairperson of the Board; delegate to the ACES Governing Board; member and past Vice-Chairperson of the State of Connecticut Council on Developmental Services; served on the Connecticut State Advisory Council on Special Education and as a member and Co-Chairperson of the Connecticut Family Support Council; three children educated entirely through the Wallingford Publc Schools.
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Patty Pursell has lived in Wallingford for 33 years, and her three children went through the Wallingford School District. Patty retired two years ago from the Wallingford School District. She has a bachelor’s in Physical Education, a Master’s in School Health and a Sixth Year in Educational Foundations – all from Southern Connecticut State University.
Some of Patty’s educational highlights include:
• Teacher of the Year - Wallingford District and State Finalist
• 29 Years Experience in Education (19 years in the Wallingford School District)
• Adjunct Professor at Southern Connecticut State University
• Connecticut State Department of Education Teacher-In-Residence
• National, State & Local Professional Development Presenter for Teachers
• National, State & Local Curriculum Project Leader
• Co-district facilitator for TEAM – New Teacher Induction and Mentor Program.
• Member of the 1st Wallingford Innovation Team – One Year Researching Best Educational Practices
Patty’s leadership experience includes:
National Education Department - Technical Working Group for Carol White PEP Grant Evaluation, Washington, D.C.
A.A.H.P.E.R.D National Strategic Plan Evaluation Committee
President, President-Elect, Past President of C.T.A.H.P.E.R.D, 2006-8, Vice President for Recreation. Programs Organizer for CTAHPERD State conference.
Connecticut Legislative Committee for Healthy Kids
Connecticut Governor’s Committee for Physical Fitness, Secretary
Connecticut Cadre of Physical Education Trainers, Head of Steering Committee that created cadre, trainer.
Certified PECAT trainer (P.E. Curriculum Assessment Tool)
Wallingford School District
Wallingford Strategic Planning Committee – Communications/Partnerships
Wallingford Health & Fitness Fair – Chair
Wallingford Wellness Committee – Chair
Wallingford Staff Wellness Pedometer Challenge - Chair
Wallingford Professional Development Committee – Co-chair
Wallingford TOY (Teacher of the Year) Committee
Wallingford’s Curriculum Development Team for P.E. and Health - Chair
Wallingford Grant Administrator
Highland’s Liaison Committee - Chair
Highland’s Variety Show and Drama Committees - Chair