Appointment of New Superintendent

Appointment of New Superintendent
Brian White

The Chester, Deep River, Essex, and Region 4 Boards of Education enthusiastically appointed Mr. Brian White as their next superintendent of schools at a meeting held June 10, 2019 at the John Winthrop Middle School.

Mr. White will begin his new role on July 1.

The appointment of Mr. White brings to close a three-month search process that included multiple community forums, parent and staff meetings, and a stakeholder survey. The input from the community guided the actions of the hiring committee.

“The hiring committee interviewed eight candidates from a deep pool of thirty applicants from across the country. We concluded that Mr. White’s character, ability to resolve complex issues, people skills, operational experience and his unyielding commitment to teaching and learning are the perfect fit for the schools of Chester, Deep River, and Essex,” said Essex Board of Education Chairman Lon Seidman who also chaired the hiring committee.

Mr. White is presently the Associate Superintendent of Teaching and Learning in the Stamford Public Schools. His responsibilities include a portfolio of six schools covering grades pre-k through 12, including Rogers International, an International Baccalaureate magnet school. His work also included a major central office reorganization, several district-wide teaching and learning initiatives, and building and mentoring new teams to tackle complex issues in the 16,000 student district.

Prior to his work in Stamford he served as principal of the Henry James Memorial School in Simsbury. There he implemented a number of important educational initiatives and designed assessments to measure outcomes, took on a large-scale multi-year renovation project, and developed lasting and meaningful relationships with students, parents, teachers, staff, and administration. He began his career as a middle school social studies teacher.

“The appointment of Mr. White to be our next school leader is a terrific day for children, staff, and our three towns,” said Seidman “I’m excited for our community to get to know him as he begins leading our schools July 1st.”

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