School Board Selects Interim Superintendent

From Linda Conner Lambeck, CT Post:

Hamden Schools Superintendent Frances Rabinowitz, 64, has been selected by the city school board to serve as interim superintendent in Bridgeport once Paul Vallas leaves the district.

Rabinowitz, who has worked as an associate commissioner of education for the state and for 29 years before that with the Bridgeport school system, was the unanimous selection of the Board of Education, which met in special session Wednesday.

Full story here.



  1. Five experienced candidates and the BOE has made a choice for interim schools leadership. I do not know Frances Rabinowitz personally, but I have seen her on public access TV on occasion reviewing subjects important to educational change.

    She certainly has experience with school culture in Bridgeport, at least where it was when she left. And she has a knowledge of how info flows and what is important at the State level that is so important to Bridgeport because of the ECS operating budget funding, the State of CT capital contributions to building new schools, and the extra assistance that may come to assist other school models we have adopted in Bridgeport, and may become open to again. As Andre Baker stated, it is good she will attend the various BOE Committee meetings and observe and be available to participate in the work of Board members.

    The fact she understands the Superintendent search process from her most recent posting in Hamden is yet an added factor in what she brings to the table for the benefit of all Bridgeport stakeholders. Time will tell.

    1. Because the interim is a) usually a retiree, like Rabinowitz, and b) because they are usually tasked with helping the board find a permanent replacement so finding themselves is discouraged.


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