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School officials to consider new superintendent in special meeting Friday

January 18, 2019

GREENWICH — The Board of Education will be discussing the appointment of a new superintendent of Greenwich Public Schools in a special meeting Friday, Jan. 18 at 4:30 p.m. in the Havemeyer Building in downtown Greenwich.

The meeting was announced Thursday evening.

Board members were originally supposed to come to a decision in December, and make a public announcement in January, the head of the superintendent search committee, board member Kathleen Stowe previously said.

The board has been working with Ray and Associates Inc., the Iowa-based educational executive firm that helped the school board select Jill Gildea to replace Sal Corda, who served as the interim superintendent after William McKersie left to lead the Weston Public School District. Ray and Associates has been recognized by “The School Administrator” journal as one of the top search firms in the country.

Gildea announced her resignation in May, after serving less than a year as superintendent. She was hired by the district in March 2017 for a term that began July 1, 2017.

She left to take the superintendent job in Park City, Utah, after her family relocated there. Her annual salary in Greenwich was $250,000, along with a $15,000 annuity and a $3,500-per-month housing allowance. McKersie was paid $238,368 in his last year.

The school board spent about $35,000 on the search that resulted in Gildea’s hiring.

In June, the school board unanimously to appoint Mayo, the longtime principal at Eastern Middle School, to be interim superintendent in Greenwich, where he has been a student, teacher and administrator.

The position of Greenwich schools superintendent has seen turnover a dozen times in the past two decades — including interim school chiefs who filled in for a year while the school board searched for a new “permanent” leader.

jo.kroeker@hearstmediact.com