Dr. James Thompson Jr., Superintendent of Bloomfield Public Schools and widely regarded as one of Connecticut’s most respected educators, has been named 2017 Superintendent of the Year by the Connecticut Association of Public School Superintendents.
Hired in 2011, Dr. Thompson has led an academic resurgence within Bloomfield Public Schools, highlighted by a 17-percentage-point increase in the graduation rate at Bloomfield High School over the past six years. In 2011, the high school was identified by the state Department of Education as one of the lowest performing high schools in the state. Six years later – in 2017 – Bloomfield High was recognized by U.S. News & World Report as one “Connecticut’s Best High Schools” – ranked #36 overall.
Thompson’s leadership in improving student performance and reducing the academic achievement gap in Bloomfield was publicly recognized last year by the Governor, the education commissioner, the CT NAACP and the state’s African American Affairs Commission, which named him its 2016 Man of the Year.
Last year, Bloomfield experienced a rare trifecta as a result of the school district’s emergence:
• District enrollment was up 4% in 2016 – the highest in a decade.
• The high school graduation rate increased 17 percentage points – from 74% in 2011 to 91% in 2016.
• The Town of Bloomfield is in the midst of a record-high level of commercial and residential real estate development, which The Hartford Business Journal (Nov. 2016) attributed to renewed confidence in Bloomfield Public Schools.
Dr. Thompson was recognized at the CABE/CAPSS conference today in Mystic. He accepted the award on behalf of the district and praised district and school leaders; classroom teachers; students; parents; and community stakeholders for their roles in changing the culture and expectations within the district.