STAMFORD, Conn. — Stamford Mayor David Martin swore in the Board of Education’s newest member late Tuesday afternoon during a "significant" time in the board's history.
“I believe the people of the City of Stamford wanted to see a new direction for the board,” he said, after the ceremony for Angelica Gorrio. “We now have five completely new members and one member who is relatively short term so (we are) setting a new direction for the board.”
The Board of Representatives unanimously approved Gorrio’s nomination Jan. 4. After her swearing in Tuesday, a happy and humbled Gorrio told the Daily Voice that she wasn’t planning on joining the board, but she was unhappy with the state of the schools.
Now, going forward, she said the board has “a great team” and looks forward to working with them to help Stamford students. “Our main goal is the children,” said Gorrio, who has two children in the school district. “They deserve better.”
"Leaving the past in the back, I'm just looking forward to being part of the superintendent search and looking to make changes and getting the community more involved, especially parents," Gorrio added.
The school district is currently seeking a new superintendent following the resignation of Winifred Hamilton, who oversaw the district during the time a female teacher at Stamford High School was arrested on charges of having a sexual relationship with a male student.
When Hamilton announced earlier this year that she would retire, she cited many problems in the district, stemming from the arrest of a female teacher at Stamford High School who is now serving five years in prison for having sex with the student and supplying him with marijuana throughout the 2013-14 school year. The principal and assistant principal were fired as part of the investigation.
James A. Connelly became the district’s interim superintendent on Jan. 1, the Daily Voice previously reported.
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