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CONN-OSHA Roundtable Details Safety and Health Initiatives in Newington Schools

For immediate release
November 17, 2008

WETHERSFIELD, Dick Vida, Newington Public Schools Supervisor of Plant Operations and Maintenance, will discuss the town’s ongoing commitment to ensuring student and educator’s safety and health during the Nov. 18 Breakfast Roundtable Discussion group sponsored by the Connecticut Department of Labor’s Division of Occupational Safety. Vida also will talk about the town’s selection by Buildings Magazine as one of the top 44 educational employers in the state.  

The breakfast will run 8:15 to 9:45 a.m. and takes place in the Labor Department’s Central Office, located at 200 Folly Brook Boulevard, Wethersfield.  

The current issue of Building Magazine features the Town of Newington, which operates four elementary, two middle and one high schools, and points to the town’s school system as “an example of how to thrive, not just survive,” notes breakfast series coordinator John Able.  

Able, who also is Safety Training Specialist for the Connecticut Department of Labor’s Division of Occupational Safety, noted that “the Newington Public Schools system uses ‘WIN’ (What’s Important Now) and ‘WIT’  (Whatever it Takes) initiatives to get a project completed -- cost effectively, on schedule, and with an owner’s pride of workmanship.” 

According to Able, “employee involvement and empowerment provides those involved with the opportunity to solidify the team concept and ensures that every member is delivering a consistent quality services. During his remarks, Mr. Vida will take his listeners along what he describes as ‘a bumpy road’ to what is now an enjoyable culture of clean, pleasant, friendly and environmentally safe learning place of employment.”  

Also continuing this month, he adds, will be the discussion portion of the program. Time permitting, attendees will be asked to submit a question for discussion and participants will be invited to share their opinion regarding the issue.  

Admission to the roundtable is free, but pre-registration is required. To register for the breakfast roundtable or for additional information, please contact Able at (860) 263-6902, or via email at

Media Contact: Nancy Steffens  (860) 263-6535

200 Folly Brook Boulevard, Wethersfield, CT 06109 / Phone: 860-263-6000

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