Superintendent’s Email To School Board Hints At Likely Departure

Superintendent of School Janet Robinson dispatched an email to the Board of Education late Monday afternoon stating that the Stratford school board is poised to offer her that district's top seat at a meeting scheduled for Wednesday, February 27. A short time later, Stratford Board of Education Chairman Gavin Forrester confirmed that his board plans to make her the offer.

Dr Robinson's email, which was sent from California where she is attending a conference, states:

"This trip to California has been extremely busy, including meeting with the grant writer for about 5 hours on Friday. We hope to have final numbers this week. On another topic, the Stratford Board will vote on my selection as superintendent Wednesday and an anonymous tip was sent to the media so the story will be out even before then. I will be flying back tomorrow and leaving this 70 degree weather behind."

The Stratford school board has a 6 pm special meeting set for February 27 with a single agenda item: to vote on an appointment for the superintendent's post.

If the Stratford board votes to hire Dr Robinson, she will presumably be departing Newtown effective the end of her current contract year, which is June 30, 2013. Dr Robinson did not immediately respond to an email from The Bee asking whether she intends to accept the position if it is offered.

On June 19, 2012, the Newtown school board voted against extending a new contract agreement to Dr Robinson. The superintendent's contract has been annually reviewed every June since Dr Robinson started in the district in 2008, and each year the three-year contract has been extended by another year.

This year marked the first time in her tenure in Newtown the contract was not extended by one year. 

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