Board of Education hosts meet-and-greet for new superintendent

By Kyle Kernan - ReminderNews
Windsor - posted Thu., Feb. 2, 2012
Windsor Superintendent of Schools Dr. Jeffrey A. Villar met with the public and BOE members recently, as he begins his new job. Courtesy photo. - Contributed Photo

The Windsor school district has undergone numerous changes in recent months, with Superintendent Dr. Elizabeth Feser leaving after nine years of service, interim Superintendent Dr. Ernest Perlini filling in since spring, and the Windsor Board of Education playing musical chairs, which has resulted in four new members there. On Wednesday, Feb. 1, all the pieces came together, as a gallery of faculty and BOE members officially welcomed new Windsor Superintendent of Schools Dr. Jeffrey A. Villar during a gathering at the high school library media center.

Villar was one of 21 candidates in a process managed by the Windsor Board of Education with the New England School Development Council (NESDEC), a non-profit organization whose general purpose is the development of high performance schools throughout the Northeast. He was officially named the next superintendent by the BOE on Nov. 30, 2011, and since then has been working with Perlini and the BOE to meet the staff, the Windsor community and to focus on the future.

“The community has greeted him with open arms as he’s been reaching out to the schools and also to the Chamber of Commerce, the Town Council and police,” Perlini said.

Villar has more than a dozen years of experience as a public school administrator in both urban and suburban school systems.  Most recently, he was the superintendent at Rocky Hill Public Schools, having been appointed to that post in 2008. Prior to that position, he served as associate superintendent for the Meriden, Conn., public schools for four years. Villar was initially a social studies teacher in the Hartford Public Schools at Bulkeley High School and at Quirk Middle School.

“I believe he will be an outstanding success," said Perlini of the new superintendent. "He has strength in all the aspects needed to be an excellent superintendent, including curriculum knowledge, technology innovation, and his personable attitude,” Perlini said.

“We are totally excited,” said BOE President Noreen Richardson. Richardson reflected on the importance of maintaining Windsor’s standards and the constant necessity of raising the bar. She also noted that it has been a smooth transition from Perlini to Villar, saying she hopes to work with Villar in implementing many changes for the intrinsic benefit of the school, one of them being improving the curriculum.

Villar has been a member of the Hartford Area Superintendents Association's (HASA) Executive Board, the Connecticut Association of Public Schools Superintendents' (CAPSS) Legislative Committee, and the Connecticut Standards for School Leaders Committee. He has presented at numerous conferences on administrative leadership and education curriculum issues.

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