By Lisa Capobianco
Southington School Supt. Dr. Joseph Erardi has resigned to accept the position of superintendent in Newtown.
“The Southington Board of Education is grateful for the positive impact Dr.Erardi has had on Southington,” said Board of Education Chairman Brian Goralski. “His leadership, vision and work ethic have put our school district on a rising trajectory of improvement in student achievement and a well-defined path to providing a 21st century education.”
Goralski said the search process for a new superintendent in Southington will begin immediately, and the Board of Education will continue to inform the public throughout the process.
Dr. Erardi said he officially begins his new position on April 14.
“He has helped us as individuals, as a board and as a community,” Goralski said.
Erardi became superintendent in Southington in 2007, replacing Dr. Harvey Polansky.
He previously served as superintendent in Watertown and Bolton.
Dr. Erardi was the “candidate of choice” for the superintendent position in Newtown, according to a recent email sent out to school faculty. During the last step in the selection process, Newtown board members conducted a site visit to Southington, meeting with Southington Board of Education members, elected officials, community leaders and other members of the community, reported Newtown in a recent press release.
“There is not another job in the country that I would be interested in other than in Newtown,” said Dr. Erardi in the e-mail. “Over time, as a school leader, you realize what you do well. I looked at what I believe were positive professional attributes within my personal skill set and became part of the search process.”
A recent press release from the Newtown Board of Education said Dr. Erardi was one of 30 candidates who submitted an application for the position. After several rounds of interviews and extensive reference checks, the board said in the release that Dr. Erardi “rose to the top of a very competitive group,” and was also “exceptional for his depth and breadth of understanding not only of the academic side of the equation but the human side as well.”
“Throughout the interview process Joe exhibited deep knowledge about instruction, particularly with the recent initiative to restructure K-8 literacy with Reader’s/Writer’s Workshop, and also improving student achievement evidenced by Southington’s recognition for National distinction by the College Boards for performance in Advanced Placement courses,” the board said in the release.