BOE Preview: Search Starts for New EHHS Principal

East Haven Board of Education members will have a lot on their plates when they meet for their next regularly scheduled meeting Tuesday.

Updated at 11 p.m

A Connecticut Post report confirms that Anderson has left East Haven to become the new principal for Central High School within Bridgeport Public Schools.

The article reports the former head of East Haven High School will make an annual salary of $136,278 as the new head of Central.

Anderson, along with Bridgeport's other new principal hires this summer, was scheduled to attend a special Bridgeport school board meeting Monday night.

ORIGINAL STORY (Posted at 2 p.m.)

It appears that Principal may be sooner rather than later.

The will hold its next regularly scheduled meeting Tuesday night.

And according to the agenda's roll call of current administrators — although the district's new and new Principal have already been added to the list — no one is specifically named as the principal of the high school.

The district posted its employment advertisement for a high school principal on Thursday. The start date is listed as "immediately."

Anderson's page on the professional networking site LinkedIn was recently revised to list him as the principal of Central High School in Bridgeport. That school's web page, however, still has Aresta Johnson named as its head.

Naming an Interim Principal?

Although the agenda for the school board's meeting Tuesday does include among its informational items Anderson's resignation, it does not include any action or public discussion items related to naming an interim or new principal for the high school.

The principal notified the school system and high school staff members of his resignation last week.

Anderson and Superintendent of Schools Anthony Serio did not return East Haven Patch's calls requesting comment on the resignation, and for information about naming an interim head for the high school as the process of finding a new principal gets under way.


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Overbrook School Principal

And, with only two weeks before the , the high school is not the only building without its top administrator.

is also currently without an officially named head after principal Karen Schmidt retired this summer.

The district posted its employment ad for the position on July 11, and the listed start date is today, Aug. 13.

Although there are several proposed appointments for new fall sports coaching positions and a part-time science instructional leader, there are no action or discussion items on Tuesday's agenda related to naming a new principal for Overbrook.

Summer Staffing Moves

Although former Momauguin School Principal Joanne Manginelli resigned from her post this summer to take a new position in another district, John Prato, who had been the principal at JMMS, will move over to take the elementary school's reigns.

Other Recent Resignations

Other recent resignations included on Tuesday's agenda are:

  • Dave Esteban, Social Worker at EHHS
  • Jay Creighton, Gr. 7 Science at JMMS
  • Maria Pompano, Science at EHHS
  • Lisa Verzella, Special Education at JMMS

Finance Subcommittee

The Board of Education's finance subcommittee will also meet prior to the full board's meeting on Tuesday. That agenda is also attached to this article.

Not Guido August 14, 2012 at 01:10 AM
According to CT Post Anderson gets $136,000 (combat pay?) in Bridgeport. What did he make here?
Julie Weisberg August 14, 2012 at 02:06 AM
Not Guido: Good question. I couldn't find anything specific for his salary. However, I did find an EHP article from December 2010 that listed a salary range for East Haven principals from $115,20 to $133,348 (http://patch.com/A-cMvv). I would imagine he was at the higher end at the high school... Also, looks like it's time to do another new updated top town salary post, as well. I'm sure some of these numbers have shifted. http://patch.com/A-cMvv
Julie Weisberg August 14, 2012 at 03:19 AM
Anyone interested in reading the CT Post story Not Guido mentions above, which includes information about Anderson's new position within the Bridgeport Public School System, can find it here: http://www.ctpost.com/default/article/New-principals-present-to-attend-meeting-3782730.php
Michelle Petroccio August 14, 2012 at 12:37 PM
I was sad to read that Jay Creighton has resigned from JMMS. He taught three of my four children 7th Grade Science there, and I always found him to be a very thorough teacher. He was fair, yet stern, and really went out on limbs to make sure his students understood all of their lessons and homework assignments. I wish him good luck in his future and would like him to know that he was an appreciated teacher at JMMS for many years by many students and parents alike. I met David Esteban a few years back when he was a Tuttle School. He will also be missed by the students, parents and I am sure, the faculty at EHHS as well. Good luck also to Mr. Esteban. East Haven is losing a very fine young man with a tremendous future on the horizon. As for Steve Anderson, GOOD RIDDENS! He is taking on a challenge that will eventually lead to his long awaited, well-deserved demise. It's just a shame that that students and parents at EHHS had to suffer under his reign and were affected so negatively due to his shortcomings and people skills! Karma is a funny thing...
Mike Liso August 14, 2012 at 05:22 PM
Maybe the next principal will come from Kalamazoo as they continue to go outside and bring in people when we have qualified individuals already in the system. The BOE should stop listening to whoever(?) they're listening to and look internally. What message does that send to OUR qualified people? It's telling them to get out of this system and look elswhere.


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