The just-retired superintendent of Hartford Public Schools is heading to Windham. State education officials have named Dr. Steven Adamowski the “special master” to oversee Windham’s struggling school district.

Acting Education Commissioner George Coleman made the announcement Wednesday night. It comes among increasingly louder calls from residents for the state to remove the Windham school board and top administrators.

“During his tenure [in Hartford], we have seen an increase in performance, we have seen a greater appreciation for engagement of families and as much as there is a great amount of work still to be done in that community, we believe that the community is on a stronger trajectory towards the future that it plans for itself,” said Coleman.

Coleman made it clear that Adamowski will have the power to direct the superintendent and local board of education as he sees fit to improve student achievement.

Windham has yet to approve a new education budget for the fiscal year that began on July 1.


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