First Selectman Peter J. Tesei has issued the following statement on the resignation of School Superintendent Dr. Jill Gildea, which was announced on Friday.
“I have enjoyed the collaborative working relationship that Dr. Gildea and I have developed during the past months. While I understand her decision to leave Greenwich, I certainly am disappointed. I wish her well in her new professional endeavor in Utah and am glad that she has agreed to stay on through the summer to assist with the school leadership transition.
“Dr. Gildea is the 12th superintendent to lead Greenwich public schools in the last 20 years. The fact Greenwich has been unable to retain a Superintendent for the long-term, is indicative that something is structurally, and perhaps philosophically, wrong with the processes employed by the Board of Education. It is my hope and desire that the Board of Education will review its policies, procedures and processes and be able to identify what needs to be done to bring long-term stability in the leadership of our school system.”