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Greenwich Schools Superintendent Unexpectedly Announces Departure

Jill Gildea
Jill Gildea Photo Credit: Greenwich School District

The search is on for a new schools superintendent in Greenwich after recently appointed Jill Gildea unexpectedly announced that she would be relocating her family to Utah.

Greenwich School officials announced on Friday that Gildea is stepping down from her position at the helm of the district after being appointed as superintendent in July last year. 

Officials said she will be departing Greenwich over the summer due to her family’s unanticipated relocation to Utah.

“I have been privileged with the charge of leading the Greenwich educational community in navigating both transactional and transformative work across exemplary schools,” she said. “The work that has transpired here has been truly impressive, and I will carry the innovative programming forward. 

"The focus on keeping students at the center of all we do is notable, and I’m honored to have served with such a committed and dedicated team of educators.”

Since being introduced as superintendent 10 months ago, Gildea has “overseen the implementation of later school start times for the District’s secondary schools, the development of a 15-year facilities master plan, the launch of the New Lebanon School building project, the implementation of the personalized learning math pilot, and the acceptance of a $160 million budget,” officials noted.

Following the announcement that Gildea will be leaving the district, the Greenwich Board of Education announced that they will look to secure an immediate replacement following a “comprehensive search process.” Gildea has stated that she will provide transitional support during that period.

“The highly effective, integrated community partnerships that bring in donations and best in class services, all within a solid balanced budget are just a few examples of the power of a dedicated staff and community.

"Though my time here in the district was shorter than I imagined, I look back with great pride and satisfaction knowing that we, together, have prepared students for their next steps,” she stated.

“I remain grateful for and impressed with the work of our instructional and operational administrators, educators, and support staff. Their dedication and commitment to excellence is evident in all they do across the district.”

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