Julia A. Kushigian Waterford
Is success too hard to swallow for the city of New London? First, Penny Parsekian was dismissed for supporting a robust program of activities that created excellent press and good will for the city through New London Main Street. Now, the Board of Education has decided that Superintendent Nicholas Fischer's contract should not be renewed even though he has successfully dealt with some of the most intransigent problems of inner city education that face this nation.
Putting students first, improving the math and reading scores, pushing for functional literacy throughout the entire school system, promoting an effective and attractive magnet school culture for New London, and enhancing the tools of the science of teaching so that teachers are better able to evaluate and advocate for students, this is Dr. Fischer's legacy.
What is his reward? Thank you very much, but we are looking for something different.
If the assertions about communication were valid, they would have had to appear in his evaluations with a mechanism prepared by the board and the superintendent to work on the alleged problem areas. If this has not happened, a wish list for the future is thoughtful, but not always realistic. New London has taken its share of false steps, but it is not too late to correct this one.