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Cicchetti's Retirement Causes Strife

Michael Cicchetti's decision to retire as superintendent of schools for Easton, Redding and Region 9 has become a cause for strife. His retirement prompted the boards of education for each district, known as the tri-boards, to establish an informal committee to consider alternative structures and ways of working. The hope was that it would be easier to retain a new superintendent if the tri-boards streamlined their organization.

Members of each school board and representatives from each town's board of selectmen and board of finance were invited to take part in the committee. But Easton's Board of Finance and Board of Selectmen have chosen not to participate. Finance board members said the committee's goals are too vague and that its ambiguous purpose would interfere with the schools' ability to handle more pressing issues such as budgets and the search for a new superintendent.

Easton's selectmen advised the Easton school board to appoint a resident instead. First Selectman Tom Herrmann said that the school board chose Sharon Stemme, who is also president of Samuel Staples Elementary School PTA.

Region 9 member Robert Logie objected to having two committees -- the tri-boards have also set up a superintendent search committee. He said creating two committees could dilute the boards' effectiveness.

Two Redding selectmen and a board of finance member have agreed to take part in the committee to evaluate structure.

What do you think of the tri-boards structure? Do you think it works? Would you like to see it changed? Would you like to see the boards split completely? Tell us your comments in the box below.

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