Monthly Archives: February 2011

Board Member Speaks Out

Board of Education member Robert Cotto has this letter in the Courant, highlighting an issue he’s been focused on for a few months — the legitimacy of Hartford’s test scores.  He calls the district’s view of itself a “tall tale” and says the next superintendent needs to do more to include opinions of educators and parents.

Read it here.  Thanks to Brookman for pointing it out.

Anybody want to kick off the discussion?

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Still No Word On Superintendent Search

It’s been two days since the Hartford Board of Education’s superintendent selection committee met, but there’s still no confirmed word on the decision the committee has made.  Board Chairman David MacDonald has not responded to requests for comment since Saturday morning.

Also not responding to requests for comment is the school district itself — we’ve asked for more clarity on the reprimand issued to spokesman David Medina by Superintendent Steven Adamowski.

For those of you waiting for more, here are a couple of things worth reading.  First, a bit of satire and commentary from La Voz.  Then, a bit of reporting and commentary from Kevin Brookman.  His recounting of his interview with one of the selection committee’s members is noteworthy.  According to Brookman, one of the citizen members of the selection committee confirmed to him that she has a financial relationship with the district – she sells school uniforms.

Note: The opinions in any linked articles on this blog are solely those of their authors.

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Hartford Superintendent Search Committee Meeting Over

Board Chairman David MacDonald says the meeting over what to do after a week of turmoil over the next superintendent is done.

But he couldn’t say anything further.  He said he hoped to have something to say soon.

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Hartford Parking Amnesty

Looks like if you have overdue parking tickets in Hartford, this could be your chance.  From the press release it sounds like you’ll be able to pay the ticket but not the related fees.  Release is below.

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Medina’s Reprimand

Hartford Board of Education Chairman David MacDonald told us earlier this week that school spokesman David Medina had been “reprimanded” for his efforts to do outreach on behalf of one of the two superintendent candidates.  MacDonald said that reprimand came from Adamowski himself.

We asked the school board for a copy of the reprimand.  Here’s what we were told:

Pursuant to your request below, please be advised that we do not have any documents related to your request.

Trying to close the loop, we then emailed Medina and MacDonald (and others) for a clarification.  If it wasn’t a written reprimand, what kind of reprimand was it?

Still waiting for a response.

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End Of Day Wrap Up

The future of the search for a schools superintendent continues to draw attention.

There’s this from Kerri Provost at Real Hartford, who says the parents at HPOC are a bit shrill.  (We missed it yesterday.)  And there’s this from my old home at the Courant and Cityline, where Milly Arciniegas — who sits on the superintendent selection committee — says her desire to work for a parent group that would get money from the school district has no bearing on her decision on who should be the next superintendent.

And, for the record, we asked the board’s chairman when the meeting of the selection committee would happen.  He would not comment. We hear it’s soon.

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Hartford Superintendent Process Continues To Stir Debate

Hartford Mayor Pedro Segarra’s decision earlier this week to intervene in the board of education’s search for a superintendent continues to reverberate.

Today, one of Segarra’s opponents in the next mayoral campaign weighed in.  Shawn Wooden is a Hartford attorney running for mayor. He says Segarra shouldn’t have interrupted the superintendent process at the last minute.  Segarra says his critics have ignored what some have called the inappropriate intervention of school spokesman David Medina on behalf of one of the two superintendent candidates.

Here’s the story.

 

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