Michael Testani, well known to the city’s political establishment as director of adult education, was chosen Monday night interim superintendent of schools, but the state issued a ruling that he’s technically “acting” because there’s no “interim” classification under state law.
Testani’s service in that role is expected to last one year as the district seeks a longer-term leader. Aresta Johnson recently announced she’s stepping down to accept a position at the University of Bridgeport.
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The 5-3 vote with one abstention came with two other candidates for the position sitting in the front row.
Board Chairman John Weldon, Vice Chairman Jessica Martinez, along with Sybil Allen, Chris Taylor and Hernan Illingworth voted for Testani. Board Secretary Joseph Sokolovic along with Maria Pereira and Joseph Lombard voted for Jonathan Brice, an associate superintendent in Montgomery County Schools in Maryland.
Board member Lamar Kennedy abstained, saying his vote would not change the outcome.
Testani, 48, is expected to start almost immediately, consulting with outgoing Schools Superintendent Aresta Johnson before her anticipated July 9 departure from the job.
… “I am excited. I am honored. To me this is just a humbling experience,” Testani said by phone after the vote was taken. He was not at the meeting.
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