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School Board Appoints New Superintendent

School Board Appoints New Superintendent

At a special meeting on November 11th, the Woodbridge Board of Education unanimously appointed Dr. Jonathan Budd as the next school superintendent of the Woodbridge School District.  Dr. Budd currently serves as assistant superintendent in Trumbull, a K-12 district.  He will officially start in his new position on December 14.

“The depth and breadth of Dr. Jonathan Budd’s work in the field of education is impressive,” said board Chairman Lynn Piascyk when she introduced the board’s choice on November 11.  She said the board had received 27 applications and interviewed nine.  “One candidate emerged as a fit for the Woodbridge School District,” she said.

The board had hired consultant Dr. Joseph Erardi to conduct the search for and get community input through forums, staff meetings as well as a stakeholder survey.

Dr. Budd has served as assistant school superintendent in Trumbull since 2015.  Prior to his appointment in Trumbull, he was an English teacher in Region 9 (Easton and Redding) and Windsor and has held adjunct professorships at Quinnipiac University, Trinity College and Columbia University.  He received his undergraduate degree from Connecticut College, his Masters from Trinity College, his Superintendent Certificate from the University of Connecticut and his Doctorate from Columbia Teachers College.  He is familiar with the Readers and Writers Worship instructional method that is used in Woodbridge.

Piascyk said she is confident that he will build on Beecher’s excellence and that he will bring a dynamic excitement to providing quality learning experiences for students and inspirational leadership for the faculty and staff.

Former School Supt. Dr. Guy Stella, a Trumbull resident, was present on the Webex meeting platform as a guest, and was seen applauding the applicant along with Board of Education members.  Dr. Stella and Dr. Budd met during the 2015-16 school year, when a group of educators from Trumbull came to Beecher School on a site visit to study the literacy mode, Piascyk wrote in an email.

Their paths crossed again in the Spring of 2016 when Dr. Stella participated as a member of a Tri-State team of educators that did a 3-day comprehensive study of Trumbull’s K-12 writing program.  Dr. Budd was the organizer for that event.

Dr. Budd will be spending some time visiting the school and meeting with stakeholders over the next few weeks to familiarize himself with the District.  He will have an opportunity to work with Interim Supt. Christine Syriac to provide a smooth transition of leadership, Piascyk said.

Piascyk did not announce an annual salary for the incoming superintendent, which, according to District Business Manager Al Pullo, as of November 13, was still in final negotiations.

By Bettina Thiel – Woodbridge Town News Correspondent

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