Stop shopping out of town for superintendents
I was delighted to read in Sunday’s paper that our ever-sensible First Selectman Peter Tesei has, in the words of your headline, “gone to bat” for the retention of Acting Schools Superintendent Ralph Mayo and making his role permanent, rather than the latest episode in the Board of Education’s odd infatuation with “revolving door” imports, usually at high cost to the taxpayers including “consulting fees” for the current failure.
One can only contrast the policy with respect to our excellent Greenwich Police Department. The memory of the oldest living person in town does not run to when our police chiefs have not been selected by promotion — good cops who are not only experienced in law enforcement but who know the town from decades of experience as patrol officers, detectives and supervisors.
Then to the public schools. I had generally attributed the procession of imported superintendents, some of whom don’t last a single year or who walk away from their contracts, to simple stupidity on the part of board. They somehow were infatuated with the notion that outside equals fresh, new and good. But after the succession of one fiasco after another, I think they may actually be insane; after all, a classic definition of insanity is repeating the same thing over and over and expecting a different result. I close by adding that their latest import is walking away from her superintendent’s job in Fairfield after barely two years.
Listen to Mr Tesei; give up the nonsense and let’s have a fine teacher and administrator like Mr Mayo for a change.