HARTFORD — Mayor Eddie A. Perez is stepping down as chairman of both the Hartford Board of Education and the Hartford School Building Committee.
In a press announcement on Monday, the Mayor said he asked the Board of Education Vice-Chair Ada Miranda to “step up and seek election” for the top post on the board; Perez also asked current consultant and former Travelers Foundation Executive John Motley to join the Hartford School Building Committee and serve as its chair.
Miranda is expected to be elected Board of Education Chair on Tuesday night and Motley is expected to be appointed and elected Chair to the Hartford School Building Committee in the next few weeks. Mayor Perez will remain on both Boards, but will no longer serve as chair, according to the press release.
“After consultation with City Council President Calixto Torres, Council Majority Leader rJo Winch and my colleagues on the Board of Education, I believe that there are very qualified individuals in our community who are ready to step up and take formal leadership roles on these two important committees,” Perez said.
Perez touts his accomplishment, saying with his leadership, the board has steered the school system in a new direction on issues ranging from school uniforms to teacher accountability to parental choice.
Perez also said he will remain involved in education “because the education of our children is a passion.”
He then cites a reason for his decision to vacate his current position on the board, saying “with the extremely difficult financial issues facing the city, I am going to have to devote more of my time to focusing on how to best steer city government through these turbulent financial waters,” Perez stated.