Reed Will Take Over Superintendent Duties May 6

Superintendent Janet Robinson will begin a vacation effective May 6 extending to her last day on June 28.


Interim Superintendent John Reed will be assuming all his temporary duties as leader of the Newtown school district before July, following a vote at a Tuesday night Board of Education meeting.

Board members unanimously voted to allow Superintendent Janet Robinson to begin using vacation time from May 6 to her final day on June 28, at which point Reed will assume all superintendent duties.

The board voted to pass the following resolution:

"Move that the board shall enter into an amendment of the superintendent's contract stating the following: The Superintendent will begin vacation effective May 6 through June 28 and will be paid out for 21 days of unused vacation time at the end of her employment. Dr. John Reed will be the acting superintendent and take over all roles and responsibilities of the Superintendent from May 6 through June 28."

Robinson announced she would be leaving for Stratford in February, the culmination of a selection process that predated the Dec. 14 shooting. She has led the district since 2008.

Reed previously served as Newtown's superintendent for 20 years -- from 1982 to 2002 -- making him the longest tenured superintendent in Connecticut. After the shooting, he was praised for volunteering his time at Sandy Hook Elementary School's current location in Monroe.

"Given the tragic events of Dec. 14, the Board of Education thought it was highly desirable during this important time of transition that Newtown have an interim superintendent of schools who has a significant knowledge and understanding of our town and the Newtown school system," said board member Laura Roche when Reed's role was announced in March.

At that time, board members said Reed would assume some roles immediately and be involved in decision-making capabilities, including the hiring processes for new staff. Robinson's first day as Stratford's superintendent is July 1. Reed will serve as interim superintendent until a permanent hire takes the position.

Joe April 11, 2013 at 12:56 PM
@cabooser, I like to feel good too. It's much better than feeling bad. But when it comes to the education of my children I choose to stick to the facts. You may 'FEEL' the schools are doing well but the facts say otherwise. The most important thing in ANY town is how well prepared their graduates are for college. Not how many art projects come home or what Asian food they've sampled or who drives their bus. High School preparedness is PRIORITY ONE. In this subject, we've been slipping for years and now are not even ranked by one of the better authorities on the subject. See for yourself: http://www.usnews.com/education/best-high-schools/connecticut/rankings?int=b310ed
Yay Write April 11, 2013 at 01:06 PM
@jimmy hat I agree! Everything may look good on the outside but on the inside things are not good..the teachers have done a great job! But ask them how they feel about Robinson! Trust me it's not good!
dean alan martin April 11, 2013 at 04:49 PM
As a former Chairman of the Newtown board of Eductaion as well as having served as Chairman of the Supt. Search Committee that hired John Reed, I am delighted with the decision to have Dr. Reed serve as our interim superintendent of schools.He will once agoin be an outstanding stewart for our school system at a very critical time . Wishing you well in your new assignment !
Marilyn April 11, 2013 at 06:54 PM
They are the people that really know what's going on! Future-focused ideas? I've had a child in the school system for the 5 years Janet has been here and I have not heard one word about any briliiant ideas! As far as the next superintendent...we will search for someone with their own agenda, poor communication and one that doesn't play well with others...sounds like a recipe for continued disaster! Good luck with that!
itsneverenough April 11, 2013 at 08:20 PM
After 5 years JR ends her time in Newtown with 8 weeks paid vacation PLUS a payout for another 21 days of unused vacation time. In the game of taxpayers vs tax-takers I sure wound up on the wrong side.


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