New interim superintendent of schools in East Hampton

By Jason Harris - Staff Writer
East Hampton - posted Mon., Jan. 21, 2013
Interim Superintendent of Schools Mark Winzler. Photo by Jason Harris.
Interim Superintendent of Schools Mark Winzler. Photo by Jason Harris.

East Hampton interim Superintendent of Schools Mark Winzler officially took over the post on Jan. 2, having been chosen by the Board of Education to temporarily replace retired Superintendent of Schools Dr. Judith Golden until a permanent replacement can be found for her.

Winzler worked for 35 years in education before his retirement in 2009, and since then has put in four more years working as an interim superintendent for several school districts, including Granby, Watertown, and most recently Rocky Hill. This is the fifth time he has come out of retirement to serve as an interim superintendent.

Winzler describes his duties as being a conduit between Golden and the new superintendent, whoever that person will be.
“The role of the interim superintendent is not to bring in new ideas or to institute change, but rather to provide continuity for all existing programs and services until a new superintendent begins service,” Winzler said.

He said he could be in the district from two to six months. It all depends on when the education board finds a new superintendent.
Winzler will be bringing the school budget that Golden had put together to the BOE at the end of the month. He is also bringing a new high school renovation project to referendum in the spring.

BOE Chair Mark Laraia said that Winzler was one of four candidates for the position, which was shortened when two of the candidates withdrew their names from consideration. “We had a lot of retired superintendents from Connecticut who had done interim work in the past,” Laraia said.

Winzler, who came highly recommended, had a lot of background in building renovation, which is a huge thing going on now in town, Laraia said. He was successful in Rocky Hill, passing the referendum there for a new high school, he said.

Winzler has hit the ground running, Laraia said. “I have been very pleased with what he has done so far in the three weeks he has been here,” he said.

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