Superintendent of Schools

Last Updated: 8/4/2021 5:48 PM

Verna D. Ruffin

Dear Waterbury Public Schools Community,

As Superintendent of Schools, it is my pleasure to continue to serve a district committed to offering a high-quality education to all students. There is no doubt that the 2020-2021 school year has been the most challenging of my many years as an educator. I greatly appreciate your patience, support and understanding as we continue to navigate this unprecedented time in education together.

Waterbury Public Schools continues to provide opportunities for all students to maximize their skills and talents in an atmosphere where teaching and learning flourish under the never-wavering belief that all students have the potential to be exemplary students. We strive to lead our students into becoming respectful, responsible and productive citizens vital to our community. Our mission is to inspire and prepare each student to be successful in and beyond school by promoting equity in policy, practice and resources. With our continuous efforts to embrace diverse communities, civility, honesty, responsibility and transparency, there is no doubt that our students will be leaders in the future. As a former teacher, principal, Director of Secondary Curriculum, Area Superintendent and various other educational positions, I have witnessed how continued support can create a premier school system.  

Each day I gain a deeper understanding of the district’s strengths as well as the challenges we face, and, most importantly, the opportunities available for students to expand their learning while engaging in creative and innovative projects. Waterbury Public Schools recognizes that meaningful relationships are the foundation of an exemplary education. I believe that through the collective work of staff, parents and the community-at large we will create an environment where young people will flourish and acquire the skills and knowledge necessary to be successful leaders now and in the future. 

Thank you for your continued support.



Verna D. Ruffin, Superintendent

Waterbury Public Schools
236 Grand Street
Waterbury, CT 06702
Phone: (203) 574-8000

Fax: (203) 574-8010