Meriden's nine-member board of education shapes local educational policy and sets goals and objectives for the…More city's 12 public schools and nearly 9,000 students. Board members are elected by the citizens of Meriden and serve four-year terms.
Superintendent Mark Benigni runs the school system according to the rules and regulations set forth by the board. The board of education also oversees adult and continuing education as well as special programs such as the Young Mothers Program, the Venture Therapeutic Day School and Another School – an alternative high school program.
United States Government: Christopher Murphy 22 W Main St, Meriden, CT06451 U.S. Congressman Chris Murphy represents Connecticut's 5th District, which includes Meriden, Danbury,…More Waterbury, the Farmington Valley and parts of Litchfield counties. A Democrat, Murphy was first elected in 2005. He currently resides in nearby Cheshire with his family. Murphy's Meriden office is located in the Senior Center downtown, and is staffed three days a week by Meriden City councilors Hilda Santiago and Matthew Dominello for phone or walk-in constituent requests. His New Britian office is fully staffed, open five days a week, and can be reached at 860-223-8412. Among Murphy's proudest accomplishments for Meriden is funding he obtained for the proposed New Haven-Hartford-Springfield commuter line. "I couldn't be more excited about the high-speed rail line," he said. "The location of the station right next to Meriden's hub makes the rail project critical to downtown development."
State Representative Catherine Abercrombie won a special election in 2005 that launched her first term representing…More Meriden and Berlin in the Connecticut House. Since then, the Democrat has co-sponsored bills on topics like seniors and child-safe products.
Abercrombie often focuses on autism and education. She was instrumental in getting legislation passed to provide services for adults with autism who would otherwise not receive them, and has instituted an annual Autism Awareness Day at the state capitol in Hartford.
Born and raised in Meriden, Abercrombie and her husband have also raised their three sons in town. Her office at the Captiol in Hartford is: Legislative Office Building, Room 4023. The number to reach her there is 860-240-8500.
State Representative Christopher Donovan, State of Connecticut 8 188 Atkins St, Meriden, CT06450 Christopher Donovan was elected Meriden's State Representative from the 84th district in 1992, and in 2009 became the…More Speaker of the House. He has sponsored much legislation, and is focused on health care, children's issues, education and transit. For Meriden, Donovan is working to expand higher educational opportunities in the city, health care coverage for seniors and children, help small businesses afford health care, and develop downtown infrastructure in anticipation of the proposed New Haven-Hartford-Springfield high-speed rail, the Representative said. Donovan's office in the state capitol is in Legislative Office Building, Room 4100 in Hartford. That office number is 860-240-8500.