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Board of Education: Erardi Provided ‘21st Century Education’

Amidst the decision to take on greater challenges in Newtown, Southington Board of Education Chairman Brian Goralski said Joseph V. Erardi’s leadership was unparalleled and the new Newtown educator will be difficult to replace.

Credit: Jason Vallee.
Credit: Jason Vallee.
Members of the Southington Board of Education will have a tall task trying to find a replacement for School Superintendent Joseph V. Erardi Jr.

Erardi on Friday was selected as the successor in Newtown, where he will take on the challenges of fostering a district that was shattered in December 2013 when shooter Adam Lanza killed 20 students and six staff members at the Sandy Hook School.

Board of Education Chairman Brian Goralski said Saturday that the news was “disappointing for the district, but great for Newtown and Erardi.”

“He is a loss for this district and he will be difficult to replace. We have a major task ahead of us,” Goralski said.

Goralski and the Southington Board of Education released the following after Erardi’s resignation Friday night:

Dr. Joseph V. Erardi, Jr., has resigned as Superintendent of Southington Public Schools to become the Superintendent of Newtown Public Schools. The Southington Board of Education is grateful for the positive impact Dr. Erardi has had on Southington. 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. Our progress on that path will not change.

Dr. Erardi’s leadership has created a culture in which the organization is bigger than one person. This board of education is confident in the team that comprises our school system. We have a talented group of educators and a board of education that are committed to providing excellence in education for all our students.

We thank Dr. Erardi for his contributions to Southington, and we look forward to working with Dr. Erardi and the Southington community during this period of transition.

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llatham14 January 20, 2014 at 09:48 AM
Erardi will be sorely missed. Good luck to him in Newtown - not a better professional for the position! Southington needs to search far and wide to find the right replacement. Here's to keeping close ties with Newtown to benefit both communities and this state.
Batiste Zgombickq January 20, 2014 at 12:30 PM
As the parent of two special education children, Dr. Erardi was the difference in both my kids' lives. More than once he stepped in as the reasonable person in situations that should have never occurred in the first place. I will miss his logical approach to education and dedication to including the parents as part of the "team". I hope the BOE finds someone who is like minded. Dr. Erardi was a MAJOR improvement over his predecessor!

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