When a majority on the Bridgeport Board of Education threw in the towel in the summer of 2011 and asked the Connecticut Board of Education to step in to take control of city schools, dysfunction on the local board was one reason cited. The Connecticut Supreme Court eventually reversed the decision for the state to take over. “Dysfunction” has again been raised, this time, however, by four area university presidents in a letter to the state commissioner of education.
CT Post reporter Linda Conner Lambeck has more:
In their letter, Fairfield University President Jeffrey von Arx, Housatonic Community College President Paul Broadie II, University of Bridgeport President Neil Salonen and Sacred Heart University President John Petillo tell Commissioner of Education Dianna Wentzell that the recent “rancor and public displays at board meetings by some members have called into serious question the board’s ability to carry out its charge.”
The letter goes on to suggest that other board members on the nine-member panel have grown silent as a result, and the situation is detrimental to the city’s morale and an embarrassment.
The presidents, who together form the Bridgeport Higher Education Association, also expressed support for Interim Schools Superintendent Fran Rabinowitz in their letter, and said they are concerned the search for a new superintendent won’t go well, based on “unprofessional and erratic behaviors” of some board members.
“We ask for your assistance in resolving these Board issues,” states the letter.
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