School district on track to find new leader
GREENWICH — By the time Greenwich students return to classes after the holiday break, the school district may have chosen a new permanent superintendent.
The superintendent search committee hopes to identify a new leader for the Greenwich Public Schools by the end of the calendar year, said Kathleen Stowe, a member of the school board as well as the superintendent search committee.
“We’ve been very busy meeting with our candidates,” Stowe said during a board meeting Wednesday. “Personally, I’m excited by the quality and number of candidates we’ve seen.”
Interim Superintendent Ralph Mayo, formerly the principal of Eastern Middle School, is the 13th superintendent in 20 years in Greenwich. He was tapped to replace Jill Gildea, who unexpectedly announced her departure as superintendent in May, while the Board of Education searches for a permanent replacement.
Gildea had initially applied to Greenwich because her husband had accepted a promotion to work in New York in December 2016. By January, corporate changes forced her husband to relocate to West Jordan, Utah, she told community members this summer.
Greenwich native Mayo, who has spent 40 years in Greenwich as an educator, coach and administrator, said he would provide the stability the district needed to move forward with its district plan.
“The people that have come and gone have been great people. For whatever reason, they left,” he said shortly before he started in July. “A lot of times, when you have turnover in leadership, people leave the district. It hasn’t happened here, but that happens. We don’t want that to happen.”
He has been the district’s second interim superintendent since 2016, when Salvatore Corda was brought in to serve while the board searched for a replacement for departing William McKersie.
McKersie had joined the district on a three-year contract in July 2012, a year after Sidney Freund abruptly resigned over souring relations with two school board members.