HARTFORD — At a special meeting on Wednesday, the city’s Board of Education appointed a new school superintendent, opting to ignore the mayor’s call for a nation-wide search.
The board voted 6 to 2 to replace the School Superintendent Steven Adamowski with Assistant Superintendent Christina Kishimoto. She will take the helm June 1.
In a statement to the press, Segarra said he had to step in and voice his concerns.
“As a community member, educator and mayor, I stood up and voiced my concerns, and I will continue to do so in the future,” he said
Segarra’s concerns stemmed from reports that the school’s communication director, David Medina, lobbied for Kishimoto and that he and other administrators championed Kishimoto as the established choice. In addition, a new policy–to create continuity–was created to supercede the established policies and procedures for search committees nationwide.
This new policy, board members said, guided their decision. At least one member buried concerns that there were only two candidates for such a critical role. Two board members refused to ignore what they saw as a flawed process. And one abstained.
Nevertheless, the board congratulated Kishimoto on her appointment.
With poised, she thanked the board for her new job.
“This is a good day,” she said after taking a seat to deliver her prepared statement. ” This is an enormous task–but it is one in which we must stay the course.”