Following a nationwide search that attracted 58 applicants, the Board of Education has narrowed to two the next permanent superintendent of schools. The district has operated with school leaders in acting positions for more than five years. A public forum will take place Wednesday 6 to 8 p.m. in Geraldine Johnson School, 475 Lexington Avenue, to introduce the two finalists, Angella Katrise Perera who led districts in Virginia and Texas, and Aresta Johnson, the current interim chief.
From Linda Conner Lambeck, CT Post:
Johnson, 49, who was an assistant superintendent for secondary education before being tapped as interim superintendent after the departure of Fran Rabinowitz, won the job with the promise to keep in place things that were working and to focus primarily on instruction not politics.
She is a Waterbury native who first came to the district as a science coordinator in 2005. When Johnson left the district in 2012, she was principal at Central High School and Paul Vallas was superintendent only to be brought back by Rabinowitz.
Perera, 48, was working for McGraw Hill Education until leaving in December. She was superintendent in Isle of Wright County Schools in Smithfield, Virginia from 2011-2015. She also served as an area superintendent in Houston and was a deputy superintendent in Henrico County Public Schools in Richmond Virginia. She is originally from Louisiana.
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