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Dr. Kishimoto to Exit HPS in 2014, Now What?

By Nyesha McCauley, Op-Ed Contributor

The Hartford Public School District is on course for more changes and challenges in the coming months. Superintendent Dr. Christina Kishimoto’s current contract to run the school district will not be extended past next year, and she will be gone on or before June 30, 2014.  She had requested a two-year extension, but that was rejected by a 7-0-1 vote at last Tuesday’s Board of Education meeting.

Mayor Pedro Segarra and Board Chair Matt Poland have released statements explaining how the Board has come to this decision.  It is good to publicly hear the Board Members’ thoughts on this to better understand the values they hold as they shape the educational destiny for Hartford children.  Forums and community meetings will present further opportunities to ask questions and explore this decision.

As a parent of a child in the school district – or as a resident – you have seen major changes in the school system in the last six years.  These have included smaller learning academies and magnet, community and charter schools designed  to turn around low performance.  All of these changes are evidence that leadership at the top really, really matters.

The decisions made by the Board of Education to start a search for a new superintendent will most certainly impact parents, students and teachers where it matters most – in the classroom.  Just think: a kindergartener starting in the 2006-2007 school year, at the beginning of the reform, will enter seventh grade this fall.    Have her or his educational experiences been enhanced by the reform? What are the opportunities that exist for this student? Is s/he a high achieving student in a high performing school?

hartford-public-schoolsThe city now faces a tall order: finding our next great superintendent. This process – which residents of Hartford must be a part of – will determine whether or not  every student in Hartford graduates ready for the world, through college or career, because that is the job of any school superintendent.  Holding the next superintendent accountable to this great task is on the parents and community, but first we have to hold the Board accountable for finding that person. Process matters, and the city of Hartford is ready to be involved and do its part to sustain this reform.

Nyesha McCauley is the communication director for Achieve HartfordFeatured Photo: WTNH.

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Hartford Superintendent Withdraws Demand

HARTFORD — Hartford School Superintendent Christina Kishimoto has announced that she will not seek a $15,450 performance bonus for this fiscal year.

Kishimoto, in a statement released to the press on Saturday, responded to a report about her lawyer’s negotiation to get a contractual performance bonus added to her already sizable salary of $231,000 in her second year, plus $10, 000  toward retirement and a $400 monthly car allowance.

Kishimoto has served as superintendent for 16 months.

“In light of reporting today on communications between the Board of Education and my attorneys concerning a recent evaluation process conducted by the Board, I wish to clarify that I will not seek a bonus for my performance over the past year,” Kishimoto said.

The statement comes on the heels of an unsatisfactory performance review by the board of education last  month.  The board had vigorously objected to Kishimoto’s demand.

See performance review here.


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