Superintendent of Bridgeport Public Schools restructures admin team

Other news: Houston superintendent leads first day of school, new superintendent rides buses, principal creates new vice principal roles
By: | October 25, 2017

Aresta Johnson, superintendent of Bridgeport Public Schools in Connecticut, has restructured her administrative team to provide continuity for students progressing from elementary to high school. Johnson replaced existing superintendent positions with four assistant superintendents.

Three will serve in pre-K through 12 instructional leadership, and one in teaching, learning and PD.

Superintendent Richard Carranza of Houston ISD led the first day of school at 268 of the district’s 284 campuses on September 11 after disastrous flooding from Hurricane Harvey delayed opening day by two weeks. Students from nine heavily damaged campuses will relocate to vacant district buildings or to nearby schools due to heavy damage.

The district estimates flooding caused $700 million of damage.

Kim Gruccio is no stranger to buses. The new superintendent of Egg Harbor Township School District in New Jersey rode six different bus routes on the first two days of school to meet students, parents and bus drivers.

Chicopee High School Principal James Blain of Chicopee Public Schools in Massachusetts has new roles for his vice principals. They now work with all students, instead of just a specific group, and each is assigned an area of expertise, such as behavior.

Blain is also expanding vocational ed to make up for students leaving to take Chicopee Comprehensive High’s vocational program. Comprehensive High is overcrowded and enrollment at Chicopee High is low as a result.