State Names Six To Oversee Bridgeport Schools

BRIDGEPORT, Conn. (AP) _ A banker, professor, hospital administrator and pastor are among the members of a newly created board to oversee Bridgeport’s school district.

Acting state Education Commissioner George Coleman announced the six appointments Friday. The new board is taking over from Bridgeport’s elected school board.

State education officials decided this summer that Connecticut needed to take over management of the troubled Bridgeport schools and replace the nine-member Board of Education.

The move came after some city leaders, including the mayor and schools superintendent, said the current board was too dysfunctional to run the system.

Coleman named retired Bridgeport Hospital president and chief executive officer Robert Trefry as the new board’s chairman and says its work will start immediately.

A group of Bridgeport parents are challenging the takeover in court.

     (Copyright 2011 by The Associated Press.  All Rights Reserved.)

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