Superintendent of Schools Dr. Villar leaving his post
Not even two years into his term, Superintendent of Schools Dr. Jeffrey Villar is leaving Windsor, a development that some had predicted for some time.
According to members of the Board of Education, who were informed of his decision, Dr. Villar was offered a position at the Connecticut Council for Education Reform, a not-for-profit organization of education advocacy, that he accepted.
The organization's website lists a job opening for the position of the Executive Director of the group, which seems where Dr. Villar is heading to.
According to the website,
"The Executive Director will advance CCER’s influence and impact, in Connecticut and nationally, by advocating for reform policies at local, state, and federal levels; defend reforms that have been enacted; raise public awareness through campaigns; and support the implementation of reform initiatives that will narrow the achievement gap in the state of Connecticut by working directly with public school districts and the Connecticut State Department of Education."
Dr. Villar has certainly the qualifications for the job, and even more importantly the interest in the subject, which he pursued during his time in Windsor too.
The superintendent is leaving essentially immediately, since from now and on he will be using his vacation time, until the end of October when he is expected to take up his new position.
Dr. Villar's departure is a blow to Windsor, whose elementary schools just underwent a major reconfiguration. It also leaves a question mark over the fate of Dr. Marlon James' "Equity and Excellence" study, which has created major frictions in town, and of which Dr. Villar was a staunch supporter and promoter.
The obvious question is: what now?
For the time being, the town will need urgently an Interim Superintendent, and many believe that the BOE will turn again to Dr. Perlini, who served successfully in this capacity when previous Superintendent of Schools Dr. Betty Feser moved to Milford.
President of the Board of Education Doreen Richardson stated on Monday that Dr. Villar's departure is a loss for Windsor.
"Dr. Villar is an exceptional educational leader who did a lot for Windsor's schools," she said. "He will be missed."
Still, Dr. Villar leaves a number of loose ends behind him, among them the fate of the system's Business Director and Pupil Services Director, who have been under investigation over the past three weeks for a matter that Dr. Villar described as a "major professional error," while stressing that did not involve any “criminal activity” - i.e. any financial impropriety.