The Board of Education by a 6-3 vote has approved a new three-year contract for Superintendent of Schools Michael Testani that includes a base pay of $275,000 and waiving the residency requirement.
From Richard Chumney, CT Post:
The vote came after Testani agreed to forfeit three weeks of vacation time and other benefits in exchange for stripping out a clause in the employment agreement that requires the superintendent to live within the city limits.
“The decision to provide Mr. Testani with a new agreement going out to 2025 is one which provides stability of leadership to the District, and I’m very happy we were able to cement it,” Board Chair John Weldon wrote in an email Tuesday.
Weldon voted in favor of the contract alongside Board Secretary Joseph Lombard, Sybil Allen, Albert Benejan, Erika Castillo and Michael Maccarone. Vice Chair Bobbi Brown, Christine Baptiste-Perez and Joseph Sokolovic voted in opposition.
The three board members who opposed the contract said they were not comfortable offering Testani, who lives in a neighboring community, an extension after he failed to establish residency in the city–a requirement outlined in his previous contract.
Full story here.