Adamowski Starts Windham Job Soon; Salary $225K

WINDHAM, Conn. (AP) – The education reform specialist hired to help revamp Windham’s troubled school system is starting work this month.

Recently retired Hartford Superintendent of Schools Steven Adamowski starts Aug. 15 as Windham’s “special master,” a job paying $225,000 yearly.

The salary and other terms were set in his recently finalized two-year contract with the state Department of Education and the nonprofit State Education Resource Center, funded largely with state money.

Adamowski’s job is part of a state intervention plan in which he will work with Windham leaders to help stabilize the district’s finances, boost student achievement and cut the dropout rate.

This spring’s decision to appoint a special master was Connecticut’s first intervention under a 2007 law that gives the state more oversight in districts where student performance needs improvement.

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

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