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Greenwich narrows search for superintendent

December 18, 2018

GREENWICH — The Greenwich Board of Education will make its decision on a new superintendent by the end of 2018 and will announce who has been hired in 2019.

Board members must finalize a contract with the candidate who will permanently replace Interim Superintendent Ralph Mayo before they can make an announcement, search committee chair Kathleen Stowe said.

“We’re toward the end of our process with final candidates, but there are details to finalize,” Stowe said.

In mid-November, Stowe said she hoped to announce the committee’s decision by the end of this year.

To protect the identity of candidates who currently have jobs, Stowe declined to comment on any of the prospects.

“People generally appreciate the confidentiality,” she said. “A lot of people are sitting in current positions.”

The board has been working with Ray and Associates Inc., the Iowa-based educational executive firm that helped the school board select Jill Gildea to replace Sal Corda, who served as the interim superintendent after William McKersie left to lead the Weston Public School District. Ray and Associates has been recognized by “The School Administrator” journal as one of the top search firms in the country.

Gildea announced her resignation in May, after serving less than a year as superintendent. She was hired by the district in March 2017 for a term that began July 1, 2017.

She left to take the superintendent job in Park City, Utah, after her family relocated there. Her annual salary in Greenwich was $250,000, along with a $15,000 annuity and a $3,500-per-month housing allowance. McKersie was paid $238,368 in his last year.

The school board spent about $35,000 on the search that resulted in Gildea’s hiring.

In June, the school board unanimously to appoint Mayo, the longtime principal at Eastern Middle School, to be interim superintendent in Greenwich, where he has been a student, teacher and administrator.

The position of Greenwich schools superintendent has seen turnover a dozen times in the past two decades — including interim school chiefs who filled in for a year while the school board searched for a new “permanent” leader.

jo.kroeker@hearstmediact.com

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