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Wooden Criticizes Segarra's Handling Of The Superintendent Search

By Jenna Carlesso

February 24, 2011

In calling for a national search to replace superintendent Steven Adamowski just hours before the city's Board of Education was to name a new superintendent, Mayor Pedro Segarra "made the city government look anything but steady," said Shawn Wooden, who is running against Segarra in the November mayoral election.

Wooden on Thursday criticized Segarra's handling of the superintendent search, saying he waited too long to weigh in on the matter.

You can read his press release below:

Wooden Expresses Disappointment about School Superintendent Fiasco

(Hartford, CT) - Hartford Democratic mayoral candidate Shawn Wooden expressed profound disappointment in Mayor Pedro Segarra's poor handling of the search for Superintendent of the Hartford school system in a statement today.

"The selection of the next Superintendent is one of the most important decisions affecting families in this city. The Mayor should have said something long before now. Unfortunately, he's wasted the time and effort of the board and the members of the community that participated in the search process. As a result, he has made the city government look anything but steady," said Wooden. "This is bad for Hartford's kids."

"What Hartford's students deserve is the best candidate we can find, anywhere, and our internal candidates should want to be measured against the best we can find, wherever they may be at the moment. So, a national search at the beginning of this process would have been appropriate. However, the instability created by the Mayor's failure of leadership will make the job less attractive for qualified applicants and this means more of the same for Hartford's kids."

Reprinted with permission of the CityLine blog of the Hartford Courant. To view other stories on this topic, search the CityLine at http://blogs.courant.com/cityline/ and the Hartford Courant Archives at http://www.courant.com/archives.
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