East Haven Superintendent of Schools Serio Retiring from His Post

And the East Haven Board of Education is expected to consider and possibly appoint a new acting superintendent of schools at its next regularly scheduled meeting this Tuesday night.

Update at 4:30 p.m.

After 39 years of employment by the East Haven Public School District, Superintendent of Schools Anthony Serio's last day on the job will be Aug. 31, according to a New Haven Register report.

The Register's Jennifer Swift was able to reach the superintendent this afternoon to confirm his retirement plans and last day date.

Original Post

It appears that East Haven Public Schools is headed for a leadership change with Superintendent of Schools Anthony Serio choosing to step down from his post — and retire.

The news of Serio's retirement comes from the school board's agenda for its next regularly scheduled meeting this Tuesday. The agenda includes the listing of Serio's retirement, along with two other district employees, under the document's "Information Items."

And Serio's retirement looks to happening sooner rather than later: with Tuesday's agenda also noting that the school board is scheduled to take "consideration of and action on" the appointment of a new acting superintendent that night as well.

The complete agenda for the regularly scheduled Feb. 26 meeting, as well as those for the board's subcommittee meetings earlier that night, are attached to as a PDF to this post.

East Haven Patch was unable to immediately reach Serio or BOE Chairman Thomas Hennessey early Saturday afternoon for comment.

However, over the past several weeks, the school board has been waiting for the superintendent to make a decision regarding whether or not he would seek an extension for his current employment contract with the district or choose to retire instead.

Assistant Superintendent of Schools Erica Forti had her contract extended by the school board last summer.

East Haven Patch will continue to provide updates as more information becomes available.

Rosie February 23, 2013 at 06:54 PM
Congrats to Mr. Serio on his well deserved retirement. It is unfortunate that this current Board of Education does not show him the respect that he has more than earned. I know come November, I will be voting much differently. We need a BOE that has the students interests first and foremost, not jobs for their relatives. I am personally sorry to see Mr. Serio go..he has always had the best interest of the students and the school district that he grew up in, in his heart..unlike the BOE.
Richard E. February 23, 2013 at 07:19 PM
I would like to be the first person to congratulate Vincent DeNuzzo for his promotion to acting Superintendent. And so to Mr Serio on his retirement. You will be a hard man to replace.
Lance Coughlin February 23, 2013 at 08:00 PM
It wouldn't surprise me if joe brings in Lenny gallo.
Lance Coughlin February 23, 2013 at 08:02 PM
And congrats to mr serio on an outstanding career!
Richard Poulton February 23, 2013 at 08:20 PM
My only concern as a tax payer is what is the going to cost us. Other then that anyone who can put up with everything not only a teacher or any administrator has to deal with deserves to cut loose and run away. Go south.
Patrick Madley February 23, 2013 at 08:31 PM
Mr. Serio has served this district for 39 years; he should be commended for that. He has certainly earned his retirement. I wish him the best of luck in retirement.
Get Smarter February 23, 2013 at 09:37 PM
Is the "super" job hard? Sure. Has Serio given 39 years? Yup. Under his leadership have our scores dipped into the toilet? You Bet. 100% his fault? Nope. What will the board do to fix the downward spiral? Other than fighting about who gets the sweet gigs...especially family members, what is the plan. I can't wait for the next meeting. Let me lay down the bet now...Erica will get the position on an interim basis & then it will be handed to her on a silver platter. As a taxpayer who is furious with our test scores and BOE, I see them taking the easy road to hire someone. We need someone who hasn't been here, someone with no relationships and someone who has a track record of turning around broken school systems. Imagine for a second you are a sales person and you ranked in the bottom 10% of the company. Would you promote that persons assistant?
Not Guido February 23, 2013 at 09:52 PM
Congrats Mr. Serio on riding off into the sunset. Which BOE member has a family member that wants to be super???
Get Smarter February 23, 2013 at 10:02 PM
The family Issues are from the past...it was a reference to the battles we've witnessed over the past year +. It's important for our kids that the BOE find the right person and not take the low / easy road. Yes Richard, it's gonna cost us...but whomever gets the job, they should not be starting at Mr. Serio's salary. We can use a couple bucks from there. Is there a price too high for our kids education? Are there areas where $$ is being wasted? Let's look hard and make this work BOE.
Silence Dogood February 23, 2013 at 10:58 PM
Start by canning that crappy food service and bring back the locally cooked meals.
Love East Haven February 23, 2013 at 11:05 PM
I am saddened by the retirement of Superintendent Serio's. His love for the town, staff, families and especially students has guided him throuhout his career. The conditions that he has worked under has been marked by harrassment--any other Superintendet would have sued for harrasment along with intolerable work conditions by "Board of Education Bosses" and would have won--the Board proudly films their arrogance, incompetence and hatred for each other and educators on film at each Board Meeting--never mind the backstabbing behind close doors..Imagine having 9 bosses with 9 different agendas..As soon as he makes a decision for the welfare of children, a BOE member gets mad and there begins the vendetta..This town and the rest of the State has watched this Board publically disrespect not only each other but the Superintendent, Town Officials, Principals and staff for their personal agendas..Shame on them..Do we really think that there is a quality educator who is going to want to deal with the members of the East Haven Board of Ed..I don't think so.People intially laugh at us but then are appalled at the madness that exists.. I know the greatness in this town and am tired of the Board making us look like an uncivilized town..
Love East Haven February 23, 2013 at 11:27 PM
Superintendent Serio has done incredible things for our kids despite the Board...The best thing for this town would be to keep Superintendent Serio and have the existing Board BEHAVE: support each other, support the Superintendent, support kids...Would it not be wonderful to show everyone--especially our students, that our current Board members work with Superintendent Serio in a productive manner ..to demonstrate that East Haven is a wonderful community...There have too many meetings with wasted hours of arguments from our Board..Yelling, insults and blatent stupidity has been the theme of Board of Education Meetings..So many hours and nothing accomplished for our kids....Many of us wonder how the Superintendent kept his composure..As a professional and gentleman,Superintendent Serio's has used his commitment and loyalty to guide his responses in order to maintain the dignity of this town and the educational profession despite the the Board's chaos ..It has not gone unnoticed.. It should be clear that the East Haven Board of Ed does not want a new Superintendent to lead us, they want a puppet..So please when we post the position be clear on what the qualitfiacaiotns are...Let's not misrepresent ourselves and have another law suit...
Love East Haven February 23, 2013 at 11:37 PM
Superintendent Serio you have served East Haven with skill, compassion and vision. I, as many that I know, are saddened and afraid of your leaving..I think you should know that so many of us believe that your legacy should continiue..You have been successful in spite of a Board that put their personal agendas as obstacles to our children's success..You are respected and admired by students, parents, staff and EH citizens..August 31 will be sad day for our town. Superintendent Serio you are the HEART of East Haven!!!! Thank you
EH Reality February 24, 2013 at 01:29 AM
II see the way they jump at me, Lord, from behind the door, and look into my eyes. Your little star stuck innuendos, inadequacies, foreign bodies. And the sunlight shining through the crack in the window pane. Numbs my brain. So open up the window and let me breathe. I'll turn the radio on for you, there you go there you go. You'll be all right too. I know it ain't funny, it funny at all baby. And I can almost smell your T.B. sheets, on your sick bed. - Van Morrison
Bob Fawkes February 24, 2013 at 03:45 AM
Go on take the money and run.... Steve Miller Band
Very Worried East Havener February 24, 2013 at 04:41 AM
Anthony Serio is goimg to be missed..He was the last of the true East Haveners who beieved in this town..Nice job to the Boad of Education in another attempt to get what they want no matter if it hurts East Haven or not...How did we ever vote in such short sighted and ignorant people into office..They have no vision and know knowledge of how to run a school district..They are a disgrace to our town.. Mr. Serio. I don' wamt you to leave but who can blame you...
ASmith February 24, 2013 at 04:14 PM
didnt know we had a cult in this burg. but sounds like it. the cult of blind devotion. it seems to be catchy all over the place. man is judged by the sum of the accomplishments in his lifetime. folks should jes list the facts of this man's acccomplishments whatever they be and leave the the politics, attacks, and self inflation at home, give us a list 1 to 10 of his top ten goals reached and then let em retire in peace and quiet. but jes startin a war of words attackin others, does nothin for the kids yall claim to love so much and makes this fella look like he accomplished nothin cause all ya can do is attack others on his behalf. nothin noteworthy written here so far. we all is waitin.
EH Reality February 24, 2013 at 04:59 PM
You know he knows just exactly what the facts is He ain't gonna let those two escape justice He makes his livin' off of the people's taxes They got the money, hey You know they got away Singin' go on take the money and run -Steve Miller Band
Rosie February 24, 2013 at 05:27 PM
Love East Haven..that was by far the best post I have read in a very long time. All I can say is ditto...you have said it all..
melinda tillie February 24, 2013 at 06:26 PM
Mr Serio sounds like a true professional, that loved the kids and did good for the Town. When I lived there the Supt was Mr. Gillis...and I dont remember anyone else.
Beth February 24, 2013 at 06:27 PM
I agree that even though it's a risk, we should get an outsider to help right this sinking ship. Test scores are terrible......we'll need someone who will want a challenge, and I recommend they look very closely at the score trends for any candidate they consider. Our children deserve better, our town deserves better....
Mike Liso February 25, 2013 at 07:25 PM
Good luck Tony, smart move in retiring. As usual, the political plums have their own agenda. We've both been here many years and have seen them come and go. Happens in every town or city. It'll be INTERESTING to see who succeeds you.


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