History of CREC
The Capitol Region Education Council (CREC) began in 1966 as a grassroots organization of local school districts working together to solve common problems.
Today, CREC is one of six Regional Educational Service Centers (RESCs) established under Connecticut General Statute 10-66 a-n, which permits local boards of education to establish a RESC as a “public educational authority” for the purpose of “cooperative action to furnish programs and services.”
Such intermediate units – that are smaller than state departments of education, yet larger than local school districts – are used to deliver services in about 40 states.
- Regularly serves 35 member districts (36 towns) in Greater Hartford
- Reaches additional towns/districts through a number of statewide services and programs
- Assists more than 150,000 students each year
- Offers more than 120 programs
- Manages more than 20 facilities in nearly a dozen towns, including 18 interdistrict magnet schools
Vision: Every student can and shall learn at high levels and, therefore, must have access to all educational resources within the region through the system of public schools served by CREC.
Mission: To work with boards of education of the Capitol Region to improve the quality of public education for all learners. In order to achieve its mission, CREC will:
- Promote cooperation and collaboration with local school districts and other organizations committed to the improved quality of public education
- Provide cost-effective services to member districts and other clients
- Listen and respond to client needs for the improved quality of public education
- Provide leadership in the region through the quality of its services and its ability to identify and share quality services of its member districts and other organizations committed to public education
- Trust – Built on personal integrity, and forthright and ethical communication
- Leadership – Born of wisdom, experience, tenacity and courage
- Diversity – Striving to promote social justice through our programs and our actions
- Quality – Through a culture of continuous improvement
- Collaboration – By partnering with our 35 member districts, area agencies, and by maintaining collegiality within our divisions, programs and staff.
Funding: CREC is supported by local, state, federal and private funds. Local school districts become members of CREC with an annual fee of 20 cents per pupil. Each CREC program is discreetly funded with a budget that completely supports its operation and contributes a proportionate share to CREC’s overall management and development.
Leadership: The governing Council of CREC is comprised of one representative from each of the 35 school districts in the Capitol Region. The representatives come from each district’s publicly elected board of education to form the CREC Council and to make policy decisions.
The Council elects a 10-person Board of Directors representing small, medium and large districts. The Board meets monthly as part of the Council, with an announced agenda that includes policy, programmatic, personnel and fiscal items. The control of the Capitol Region Education Council rests squarely at the local level.
Executive Director Bruce E. Douglas, Ph.D. came to CREC as its Assistant Executive Director in 1998. He was appointed Executive Director in July 2001. Prior to joining CREC, he served as Superintendent of Schools in Suffield, Connecticut, for five years. His career also includes positions in the Bloomfield (Connecticut) public school system as a teacher, Vice Principal of Bloomfield Public High, Curriculum Coordinator and Director of Professional Development/Adult Education Coordinator.