The Greenwich Board of Education (BOE) initiated recruitment efforts today for an Interim Superintendent immediately following Superintendent Dr. Jill Gildea's announcement that she will be leaving the Greenwich Public Schools later this year due to her family's unanticipated relocation to Utah. In addition, the search for a permanent Superintendent will begin without delay. Dr. Gildea will be available to provide support throughout the transition.
BOE Chair Peter Bernstein said, "While we are certainly disappointed by the news of Dr. Gildea's unexpected departure, we understand her decision and are grateful for her contributions in the ongoing execution of our Strategic Plan."
Mr. Bernstein continued, "The District is well-positioned to attract a new Superintendent based on the roadmap provided by our Strategic Plan, the continued success of our students and the continuity of our dedicated administrators and staff."
Notable District highlights include:
- Strong Student Achievement. As reflected across multiple measures, student achievement is improving:
- Fourth highest District Performance Index in Connecticut
- The District's only high school ranking solidly among the top 2% in the country and top ten in CT, as reported in U.S. News and World Report
- Student successes in academic, athletic and art competitions at the State, national and international levels, including multiple Science Fair Awards, our ninth State championship in ten years for the high school math team, four teams qualifying to compete in National History Day contest, and numerous athletic team State championships and All-State musicians
- Innovative Strategic Plan. Our strategic vision for implementing a personalized learning experience for each student is flourishing in our schools
- Focus on Student Health and Well-Being. The recently implemented initiative to start secondary schools later in accordance with research findings on teen sleep has been affirmed
- Highest Quality Staff. Our school administrators, teaching and support staff are of the highest caliber, regularly recognized with State-level awards and as presenters at State and National conferences
- Budget Support. $160 million operating budget and $18 million in capital projects for 2018-2019 were approved as submitted by our Representative Town Meeting (RTM) on May 14
- Long-term Facilities Plan. After a comprehensive year-long analysis, a proposed fifteen-year master plan sets the course for facilities and grounds maintenance and improvement
- New School Construction. New Lebanon School building project is on time and on budget
Mr. Bernstein closed by stating, "We anticipate a successful search to find our next Superintendent in line with community expectations for our District to educate all students to the highest levels of achievement, to enable them to reach and expand their potential and to prepare them to become productive, responsible, ethical, creative and compassionate members of society."