Superintendent Fran Rabinowitz Among Top Contenders for State Education Commissioner

The Bridgeport Board of Education might be in the market for another superintendent sooner rather than later.

According to Linda Lambeck at the Connecticut Post, interim Superintendent Fran Rabinowitz is among the top candidates vying for the job of state Education Commissioner.

Governor Dannel Malloy is set to interview Rabinowitz as well as two other contenders—East Hartford Superintendent Nate Quesnel and Massachusetts’ Deputy Education Commissioner Alan Ingram— at some point next week.

This news comes after the BOE extended the interim superintendent’s contract for an additional year, a decision that pushed back the search for a permanent superintendent even further.

Rabinowitz has served as Bridgeport’s interim superintendent for a year, taking the helm after Paul Vallas resigned from the position in January 2014. If chosen, she will be the third superintendent to leave the district over the past four years.

So far, the BOE’s response to the news has been fairly positive.

BOE Chair David Hennessey told Lambeck “either way, he’s happy.”

Fellow board member and newly elected State Representative Andre Baker shared his sentiment, calling the idea “excellent.”

“Having worked with her and seeing how she operates, regardless of whether she’s in Bridgeport or in Hartford, I think her heart is still going to be here, and whatever decisions she makes in Hartford, she’ll always have Bridgeport in the back of her head,” Baker said.

While the possibility has the potential to be great for Bridgeport – a district that could certainly use more advocates in Hartford – one has to wonder: What exactly is the BOE going to do if Rabinowitz leaves?



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