Angella Katrise Perera announced on Monday she had withdrawn her name as a finalist for school chief, leaving acting Superintendent of Schools Aresta Johnson the lone candidate to lead the district. Board of Education member Maria Pereira (posted in the OIB comment section) shares why Perera would not have received her vote over Johnson.
Ms. Perera has a pattern of consistently looking for the next best thing. She would have not made a long-term investment to our children and Bridgeport.
She filled out the online application for BPS stating by in part writing “The opportunities are abundant in BELLEVUE Public Schools …” She is a finalist in Bellevue, Nevada and another school district which informs me she cut and pasted the exact same comments from her Bellevue application and did not so much as check it for accuracy. Applying for a Superintendent position responsible for 21,000 students earning upwards of $260,000 and something as basic as this was incorrect.
She submitted a draft plan for Bridgeport which stated she would address the “consent decree” and upon being hired she would meet with our “military leaders.” We are not dealing with a consent decree and have no military bases which means she simply edits this plan by changing the name of the school district.
She worked in Houston for one year, then she went to VA for four years, then she went to work for McGraw Hill in November 2015 but became unemployed this past December. She has never lived in New England and is a true southerner.
She has been a finalist five times since late 2013, and withdrew from a finalist position in Florida. She was never hired as Superintendent in any of these districts.
She was one of two finalists in Alabama in January and lost the position on a 3 to 2 vote.
Our Public Hearing is Wednesday from 6 – 8 pm, however she is one of three finalists for Bellevue, Nevada in which she must be at their community forum at 7:15 am on Thursday.
If Mrs. Perera left Bridgeport at 8:30 pm on Wednesday, arrived at LaGuardia or JFK by 10:00 pm, arrived in Nevada by 2:00 am, checked into a hotel, showered, changed, and had to commute to her Nevada Forum by 7:00 am; she would have probably passed out and not been her very best.
There you have the real reason as to why she withdrew.
She definitely has a presence, flash, is articulate and intelligent. She was in my personal final three and two, but I would not have voted for her due to all of the above.