March 8, 2006
By RACHEL GOTTLIEB, Courant Staff Writer
Hartford's school board Tuesday created
a search committee composed of a cast of stars to find a new superintendent
Former state Education Commissioner
Theodore S. Sergi, now president and chief executive officer of
the Connecticut Center for Science & Exploration, is on the
committee, which also includes William Cibes, retired chancellor
of the Connecticut State University system.
They join on the committee Sam Saylor, outspoken president of the
PTO Presidents Council; Kathleen Greider, a lead principal in the
district who led Dwight Elementary School to a blue ribbon; Bulkeley
High School Principal Miriam Taylor; parent Millie Arciniegas; Reginald
Tucker, a social studies teacher at Classical Magnet School; school
board members Ada Miranda, Andrea Comer and Pamela Richmond; and
Mayor Eddie A. Perez, school board chairman.
Today, the board is releasing a request
for proposals from search firms that will help the city round up
Perez said he will hold a series of
public forums to hear what parents, district employees, residents
and business people want in a superintendent.
Ultimately, he said, the committee
will recommend three to five finalists to the board.
Despite agreeing to help conduct a
national search for a new superintendent, Saylor spoke to school
board members during the public comment portion and asked them to
find a way for Superintendent Robert Henry to stay.
"You touched the hearts of our
parents and our children," Saylor said to Henry. "We believe
we can work out our differences....Children need continuity. We
don't need people to continue to walk away from us."
Neither Henry nor the board responded
Henry recently resigned because he
did not think the board would renew his contract. He has agreed
to stay until his contract expires at the end of June.
Reprinted with permission of the Hartford Courant.
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