Oxford Hires Reed as Interim Schools Chief

Former Newtown Superintendent of Schools John Reed gets another interim superintendent post, this time in Oxford.

A Newtown man with more than 28 years experience as a superintendent was hired as interim head of Oxford's public schools Tuesday night.

John Reed, 69, who retired in 2002 after two decades as superintendent of Newtown public schools and 40 years as an educator, will begin in Oxford on Jan. 2.

He will serve while Oxford looks for a permanent superintendent. The town's Board of Education voted unanimously, 7-0, to hire him.

Reed, , served eight years as a superintendent in New Jersey before coming to Newtown.

Since he retired from Newtown, he has served as interim schools superintendent on an as-needed-basis twice in Weston as well as assistant interim superintendent in Darien and Middletown.

His last year-long interim superintendent stint for the job. Reed also serves in a volunteer capacity as chairman of the Fairfield Hills Authority in Newtown.

Details of what Reed will be paid were not released Tuesday as his contract has not been finalized. Outgoing interim school chief , who will serve until the end of the month, is being paid about $650 a day. Reed said Tuesday he expects his contract will offer the same.

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Sam Mihailoff December 14, 2011 at 09:42 PM
Terry, this was funny!!!
Karen Visca December 15, 2011 at 12:25 AM
We need you back.
hersey December 15, 2011 at 03:11 AM
So if we named a 5\6 school after John Reed, What will we name after Janet Robinson? a Chinese restaurant or a sewage treatment plant
Sam Mihailoff December 15, 2011 at 03:23 AM
perhaps something less tangeable...the Janet Robinson Forgettable Highway...many miles of bad road
Hershey December 15, 2011 at 03:55 AM
Sully, ANYONE who had candor,integrity,and the best intrest of our town would get my vote. Hmmmmm, perhaps me,Yoda and Sam. Ok maybe John Vourus too
Sam Mihailoff December 15, 2011 at 04:18 AM
Hey Hershey, it's my turn to go to China...you went last month
yoda December 15, 2011 at 11:35 AM
Hershey, Thank you and Happy Holidays.
Dawne Kornhaas December 15, 2011 at 11:46 AM
Jan Andras December 15, 2011 at 07:01 PM
If you don't agree with Dr. Robinson or on her performance as superintendent, you have every right to voice that opinion. But its silly and childish to call names and make jokes. You need to voice your legitimate concerns only.
Sam Mihailoff December 15, 2011 at 07:15 PM
I shall ridicle Mrs. Robinson in every way manner and forum as possible...don't like it? DON'T READ IT happy with how you tax dollars are spent...GREAT I AM NOT!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!
Jan Andras December 15, 2011 at 07:25 PM
No I am not happy with how my tax dollars are spent. I am also not happy that as of July 1 2012, my husband will be losing his livelihood, after being an O/O for 28 years and never missing a day of school. But playground banter won't help.
Sam Mihailoff December 15, 2011 at 07:31 PM
you say playground banter...i say FREEDOM OF SPEECH...thanks for reading!
Dawne Kornhaas December 15, 2011 at 08:21 PM
We will muss your husband too Jan. He has been driving my kids for 10 yrs. now. He has never missed a day. Bill has always been a pleasure.
yoda December 15, 2011 at 11:29 PM
But it is FUNNY!
Almond joy December 16, 2011 at 03:26 AM
A call to Mr Bienkowski regarding the scope of the coaching were not immediately returned, and Mr Buzzi no longer serves on the school board. But Mr Hart responded to a query by e-mail, taking issue with the "coaching" terminology. "I was never at a 'coaching' session, and I would be surprised if Ann used that term," Mr Hart said, although he also stated that "possible methods for communication were discussed" during that session. Wow it would seem that even the people that used the "public relations" firm weren't sure they were using the firm. Wish I could get a loophole job with the town of Newtown. Tired old man retired from a small market TV station seeks PR employment. spinning tales,story telling,half truths,slight of hand, and video making, Extensive use of Beta camcorder, call before 3 pm as I may be napping 203-270-4200
Almond joy December 16, 2011 at 03:39 AM
Jan, What happened was wrong, Period. In many towns this would be considered bid rigging and someone would notify the FBI and they would get to the bottom of this and people would go to Prison. You cannot go out to bid on services that are not comparable, then assist the low bidder in adjusting there quote package. I was a purchasing agent for the state for many years and this was clearly outlined in the conduct,ethics, and procurement documents. Member's of the Board have a relationship with the winning bidder, and they should have excluded themselves from the transaction of this business. On the state and federal level you must swear an oath that you will always act in a legal and ethical way at all times, Unfortunately in Newtown that is not the case.
yoda December 16, 2011 at 11:31 AM
I like Almond Joy!
Dawne Kornhaas December 16, 2011 at 12:35 PM
Is there a way to investigate this?
Jan Andras December 16, 2011 at 01:52 PM
This string has gotten off the subject again. This article is about John Reed, who will do an excellent job for Oxford while they seek a permanent superintendent.
Sam Mihailoff December 16, 2011 at 03:05 PM
Jan, and what is it you would like to say about Oxhord and John Reed...so far you have added NOTHING except displeasure of othe posters Ok, John Reed...tough but fair...Oxford = fortunate Janet Robinson...not even close...Newtown = ready to jump from windows
Jan Andras December 16, 2011 at 03:39 PM
I believe I said that John will do an excellent job for Oxford!
Bernadette December 16, 2011 at 04:26 PM
Lucky Oxford. John Reed is a person with great integrity, intelligence and vision. It was an honor to work with him in a volunteer capacity throughout his tenture as our Superintendent. Good luck, John, and Merry Christmas to you and Chris.
Bernadette December 16, 2011 at 04:43 PM
Sam Mihailoff December 16, 2011 at 04:46 PM
Dear Dr, Reed, We sure wish we could be as competent and ethical as you. Merry Christmas to you sir http://sendables.jibjab.com/view/P2KCqCwarT08kc3F
Joan Reynolds December 18, 2011 at 11:45 PM
Agree-great choice for Oxford. Congratulations Dr. Reed.
Joan Reynolds December 18, 2011 at 11:47 PM
Have no fear Yoda, John is a bright man -ofcourse he'll come back. Haven't you heard,"It's nicer in Newtown."
white gold December 19, 2011 at 02:14 AM
High Expectations, Quality Instruction,Continuous Improvement, Civic Responsibility. These words are on a poster at the front door of the Sandy Hook school. They claim to be the Benchmark of the Newtown school system. Perhaps Janet Robinson should stop by there on her way back from the airport and give them a careful look over. It is my opinion that the board of education has followed none of these. If they were to adopt a moto it would read "candor, honesty,hard work,and fiscal truth.....for these we have none" Robinson
Maria Sabla November 30, 2012 at 12:48 AM
I` m shocked to see how many small minded people live in this town!
Ali Abdulah November 30, 2012 at 02:16 AM
there are Sarah Palin types all over, unfortunately!
Maria Sabla November 30, 2012 at 01:33 PM
You`re absolutely right!


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