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Dr. Budd Hands in Resignation

Board Appoints Interim

Woodbridge School Supt. Dr. Jonathan Budd officially handed in his resignation at the May 17 Board of Education meeting, after news reports had circulated in town that he was joining the Greenwich district as its Chief Human Resources Officer.  His last day will be June 30.

He praised the Beecher community, saying “One cannot have a good school system without excellent people,” and singled out the district’s administrative team, saying “every single person is a very, very hard worker, and we’re lucky to have them,” but most of all he said he will miss “the real joy of seeing children who love learning.”

The board accepted the resignation, with regret, and subsequently moved to re-appoint Christine Syriac as interim superintendent effective July 1.  Ms. Syriac had served in that capacity for several months before the arrival of Dr. Budd in December 2020.

This is the third change at the helm for the district leadership in two years.  It comes at a difficult time, as the head of special services, Cheryl Kiesel, also handed in her resignation to join the Bethany schools starting July 1; and the district is operating with an interim business manager.

Board Chairman Lynn Piascyk thanked Dr. Budd for his contributions to the school and said there will be an opportunity to wish him well at the June Board meeting.  Piascyk was not available for further comment.

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