Schools Superintendent Announces Retirement

Superintendent of Schools Dr. Colleen Palmer has announced her retirement, effective August 1.

She has been an educator for 35 years, and a superintendent for 15. She was hired by Westport in 2016.

Dr. Colleen Palmer

Board of Education chair Mark Mathias thanked Dr. Palmer for “her many contributions to the Westport Public Schools.”

He added, “She has worked tirelessly on behalf of our students through a challenging time for our community. Her priority throughout has been the growth and success of each child. Her commitment to continual improvement will guide our work for years to come.

“We know that Dr. Palmer will continue her dedicated work on behalf of the Westport school community during her remaining time as superintendent and we wish her all the best for the future. We appreciate Dr. Palmer giving appropriate notice so that the board can assure that the work of the district proceeds without interruption.”

At Monday’s Board of Ed meeting, members will begin the search for a new superintendent.

7 responses to “Schools Superintendent Announces Retirement

  1. 1st James D’amico & now Colleen Palmer? Must be more to the story with her bc why would she take the position for 2 years?

  2. WOW. Optics suggest she got asked to “retire” since she was only there for 2 years and with the CMS fiasco and SHS also losing another shirt-term admin, something’s clearly not right. So now Westport faces hiring two major education positions at the same time only after filling them a few short years ago. Hopefully it’ll get done a lot better this time around. Our Ed system is/was? A draw to our town and helped keep housing prices stable. Definitely having an impact now.

    • As important as these positions are to fill, I still view the many outstanding teachers in Westport as the bedrock of the schools.

      • Arline Gertzoff

        Could not agree more

      • Of course the teachers of any school system are critical to its success. But that’s a completely orthogonal point to mine? Palmer and D’Amico hold the two most significant positions in our ed system and they both were hired in 2016. They’re both out in 3 years?! That’s an incredible turn of events and not circumstantial. Leaders of our ed program matter as much as the teachers. This is a serious turn of events and one that will not reflect well on our town. It’ll take years to stabilize and it’ll be unlikely both positions are filled with permanent people in time for the 2019-20 school year. This will impact our children and it will impact people seeking to sell their homes in the next few years. Whomever is charged with hiring a new super had best realize that they are in dire need of hitting it out of the park.

      • John Horrigan

        Thanks are 100% correct.