Board Sets May 6 As Reed’s First Day As Superintendent

The Board of Education voted at its meeting on Tuesday, April 9, to have former Newtown Superintendent of Schools John Reed begin his term as acting interim superintendent on May 6, when Superintendent of Schools Janet Robinson will begin a vacation.

The motion came following an executive session that included Dr Robinson and the board’s attorney Floyd Dugas.

At its March 5, meeting the Board of Education announced it had received Superintendent of Schools Janet Robinson’s letter of resignation, and by the end of that meeting, the board passed two motions to begin searching for both an interim and a permanent superintendent.

By its March 19 meeting, the school board was ready to name Dr Reed as interim superintendent in the school district.

The unanimous vote made by the school board April 9 amended Dr Robinson’s contract to read, “The Superintendent will begin vacation effective May 6 through June 28 and will be paid out for 21 days of unused vacation time at the end of her employment. Dr John Reed will be the acting superintendent and take over all the roles and responsibilities of the superintendent from May 6 through June 28.”

Dr Robinson’s resignation will be effective on June 28; she has accepted the position as superintendent of schools in Stratford.

After roughly 20 years as Newtown’s superintendent of schools, Dr Reed retired in 2002. Since then, he has acted as interim superintendent in other districts. He has also been active in town. He served on the Fairfield Hills Authority until resigning, as its chairman, in January 2012.

Also during the meeting, the school board heard a report on its professional growth plan for teachers, and heard an update on the district’s application for a Project SERV (School Emergency Response to Violence).

For more information on the school board’s Tuesday, April 9, meeting, see this week’s print edition of The Newtown Bee.

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