Bethany Schools Hire Interim Superintendent

The former Newington superintendent begins filling the empty position in Bethany next month.

The following is a press release issued by the school district. It was originally published on June 19.

As Bethany looks for a new superintendent, the Board of Education voted to appoint Dr. Ernest Perlini as Interim Superintendent at a special meeting on Wednesday evening. 

Dr. Perlini comes to Bethany with over 40 years of educational experience, including sixteen years as the highly regarded superintendent of schools in Newington, Conn.  Most recently he served as Interim Superintendent in Windsor, Conn from 2011-2012. 

The Windsor Board of Education chairperson stated, “Ernie Perlini was not just a caretaker in his role as the Interim…. His actions embodied the assumption of leadership as well as providing vision to the District.  He arrived early and stayed late. He left our school district ready for the new superintendent.”

“We are fortunate to be able to have a person of Dr. Perlini’s caliber to assume this important leadership position. His long history of excellence in educational leadership will serve us well during this transition period,” commented Board of Education Chairman Brian Fournier. 

“I am pleased to be joining Bethany and look forward to working with the Bethany Board of Education, the teachers, parents and community leaders over the next few months,” said Dr. Perlini.  

Dr. Perlini will succeed Timothy Connellan as the school district’s chief executive officer, . He will assume his new role on August . 

The Board of Education , with the assistance of the Connecticut Association of Boards of Education (CABE).  The next step in the process will be a series of focus groups scheduled by our CABE Consultant, Dr. Jacqueline Jacoby, to seek input from school and community members. 

A forum is scheduled for Wednesday, August 1 at 6:30pm at the for parents and other community members. A Superintendent Search Survey is available online on the district’s website at www.bethany-ed.org for those who are unable to attend any of the focus groups. The Bethany Board views communication and community input as essential components of a comprehensive search for the next Bethany Superintendent.  


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