In a letter sent this morning to staff, parents and the community, Westport superintendent of schools Dr. Elliott Landon announced his retirement, at the end of the 2015-16 school year. He has served in Westport since 1999.
Calling his position an “honor and privilege,” Landon cited a collaborative effort that has made Westport’s school system “the envy of teachers, administrators and school staffs throughout our state and nation.”
He thanked administrators and principals for “working diligently and relentlessly to make our schools the best they could be.” He cited teachers and support staff for creating a district that is “a beacon of excellence admired by professional educators everywhere.”
He added thanks to “our secretaries, paraprofessionals, nurses and health aides, custodians and maintainers” for helping create a “welcoming, supportive and healthy” environment.
His final thanks were to “the parents who have supported our work so passionately,” and the Board of Finance and RTM for providing “the financial support necessary to make our dreams come true.”
Westport is Landon’s 3rd superintendency, and his longest. He came to Westport after 10 years in Long Beach, New York. Prior to that, he served 9 years as Ridgefield’s superintendent.
Landon began his teaching career at James Madison High School in Brooklyn, following his graduation from Columbia University’s Teachers College.
He said he is announcing his retirement 13 months in advance, to give the Board of Education time to select his successor.