Johnson is not the only one to head to the door in Bridgeport
BRIDGEPORT — Schools Superintendent Aresta Johnson is not the only one leaving the district.
As Johnson was giving her 90-day notice on Tuesday, Assistant Superintendent Janet Brown Clayton was also submitting her letter of resignation. Clayton will leave on June 30, 2019, district officials confirmed on Wednesday.
Clayton, a long time New Haven educator, was hired by Johnson shortly after she became permanent superintendent in 2017. As a principal in New Haven, Clayton was credited with helping to turn around Lincoln-Bassett school.
She was one of four assistant superintendents hired by Johnson, two of whom were lost to budget cuts last year.
Clayton could not be immediately contacted.
“We shall continue to do all we can for educating the children of Bridgeport, and meeting the many challenges we face,” Frank Chester, the district’s personnel director said.
On Tuesday, Johnson surprised many by moving up her planned April 2020 departure to July 31, 2019. She sent a letter to staff and a one line email to School Board Chairman John Weldon. She did not respond to requests to comment on her decision.
Weldon is planning a special meeting of the city school board on May 9 to decide on plans to hire an interim and start the permanent replacement process.