Updated: 3:57 p.m.
After seven years in Southington, School Superintendent Joseph V.
Erardi Jr. may soon be leaving to take on greater challenges in leading a
district in Newtown that was left heartbroken a little over a year ago.
Erardi has been named the “candidate of choice” by officials with the Newtown
Board of Education, according to an email sent this week to faculty and staff
of the Southington school district. He has not been formerly offered a job.
The email, sent from Erardi, indicated that he was notified on Sunday that he
is the top choice to fill their vacant post, left open when Newtown’s former
superintendent Janet Robinson resigned in May 2013. The district is currently
being led by interim superintendent John Reed.
“There is not another job
in the country that I would be interested in other than in Newtown,” Erardi
wrote in the email.
Erardi was not immediately available for comment Wednesday.
The well-liked superintendent called the information from Newtown “a revelation”
and “bittersweet,” saying he would consider the position because of the tragic
incident that occurred in December 2012 when 20 children and six staff were
killed at the Sandy Hook Elementary School by gunman Adam Lanza.
Southington Board of Education members declined to comment, stating the issue is a “personnel
Laura Roche, vice chairman of the Newtown Board of Education, confirmed
to Patch Wednesday afternoon that Erardi is a top candidate for the
district's opening. An offer has not been made, she said.
On Friday, Newtown BOE members will conduct a site visit with Erardi in Southington, Roche said.
Erardi was named
Southington’s superintendent in 2007, After spending two years leading the
Watertown school district. He also spent five years as Superintendent of Bolton
— Gary Jeanfaivre contributed to this report.
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