WOODBURY – The search for Dr. Anna Cutaia’s replacement as Region 14 Superintendent of Schools is officially underway.
Earlier this month, the Region 14 Board of Education voted to have Dr. Joseph Erardi, an educational consultant and the former Newtown Superintendent of Schools, lead the search. Erardi’s company, J.E. Consulting, will get paid $10,000 for his work.
Most recently, Erardi helped with the Watertown Public Schools superintendent schools. In April, Watertown hired Dr. Rydell Harrison away from Chapel Hill-Carrboro City Schools in North Carolina.
“We’re just going with a fresh approach with a new firm that doesn’t have all the same candidates,” said Region 14 Board of Education Chairman Janet Morgan. “There are 20 jobs open in Connecticut and we want to make sure we’re not getting recycled candidates who didn’t get a job elsewhere.”
The Board of Education, in partnership with JE Consulting, will be hosting a number of community forums to ascertain information from multiple stakeholders to appropriately complete the profile of the position of superintendent of schools.
The meetings will be held July 24, and August 2, 6, and 14 in the Board of Education Meeting Room, which is located on 67 Washington Avenue in Woodbury. Meetings will start at 7 p.m. and will last one hour.
The Board of Educations is encouraging parents, students, staff, and community members to attend at least one meeting. There is no need to pre-register for a meeting in advance.
Concurrently, community members and staff members are also able to share their opinion by completing the superintendent survey which is located on the Region 14 website, www.ctreg14.org.
In addition, if members of the public are unable to make any of the meetings their voice can still be heard by calling Erardi at 203-598-6986.
In May, Cutaia was Hired by Milford Public Schools as its new Superintendent of Schools. Cutaia will begin her new role on August 1, and Morgan said the Board of Education is close to choosing an interim superintendent.
The Milford position became available in February due to the announced retirement of Dr. Elizabeth E. Feser, who has served the district as its superintendent since 2011.
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