Elliott Landon To Retire Next Year

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.”

Dr. Elliott Landon

Dr. Elliott Landon

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.

7 responses to “Elliott Landon To Retire Next Year

  1. lorraine harrison

    glad to see you go.. not an advocate for children… and take Cynthia Gilcrest with you.. Westport needs to support their children and not only pay attention to money.. my daughter who you tried to place in a school for the mentally deficient is next week doing the commensurate speech at her community college graduation and has a 3.9 index and going to Rutgers on scholarship money.. shame on you.. and for all those parents of special needs children… fight for your children…

  2. Wendy Cusick

    Congratulations to your daughter on her accomplishments and going to Rutgers University! Mrs. Harrison and Family did a fine job bringing up, teaching and supporting their daughter. I’m sorry the Head of the Westport School system didn’t support your daughter and your family. (cheerleader from over the border)

  3. Jim Wheeler

    Good riddance! Long over due!

  4. Jamie Walsh

    About time!!!

  5. Bill Brookes

    I hope Westport will now choose someone who is interested in staff moral!

  6. Bill Brookes

    Oops — morale