May 23, 2022 For immediate release
Wolcott Superintendent Search Starts With Focus Groups, Survey
Contact: Cynthia Mancini, Superintendent Search Committee chair [email protected]
WOLCOTT, CT – The Wolcott Board of Education has begun the process of identifying a new
Superintendent of Schools and has selected Cooperative Educational Services (CES) to conduct the
Board of Education Chair Cynthia Mancini is leading the Superintendent Search Committee, which
includes all of the Board of Education members. The next superintendent is expected to be chosen in
early August following a series of interviews with candidates and begin work Nov. 1, 2022, replacing
Superintendent Anthony Gasper, who will leave the position June 30.
The community will have the opportunity to participate and guide the search by providing feedback in
focus groups and an online survey.
“I encourage everyone in the town and school community to participate in the online survey or at one
of the focus groups,” Mancini said. “It is vital that we gather the community’s input as we select our next
superintendent of schools to succeed Dr. Gasper, who has provided us great leadership during his tenure
CES has already begun recruiting candidates and sharing the posting information. It has reached out
to nearly 2,000 current superintendents (and those certified to serve as superintendents) in the Northeast
and approximately 7,750 more district leaders and regional superintendent organizations across the
country. The job opening is also promoted on a number of state and national education-related websites.
The CES team will hold virtual Focus Group meetings to collect feedback and identify desirable
leadership characteristics in the next superintendent. A schedule for the focus groups is below and a link
to the virtual sessions can be found below.
● Students: May 25, 1:15 p.m., live at Wolcott High School
● Teachers: May 25, 3:20 p.m., Zoom meeting
● Administrators: May 26, 3 p.m., Zoom meeting
● Town officials: May 26, 4 p.m., Zoom meeting
● Parents: May 26, 6 p.m., Zoom meeting
● Community: June 6, 7 p.m., Zoom meeting
An online survey is open to Wolcott residents and school district staff, accessible now through June
5, 2022, at 11:55 p.m. Please clink the link below to complete the survey.
CES is a Trumbull-based agency that provides support and services to school districts and
communities in Fairfield County through its school and programs. Its Executive Searches division has
helped districts secure qualified candidates to fill superintendent, principal and other school administrative
positions for districts and schools throughout Connecticut. Facilitating the search will be CES Search
Consultants Dr. Charles Dumais and David Erwin.
CES, based in Trumbull, is one of six Regional Educational Service Centers (RESCs) established by the state legislature to provide supports and services to public school districts. CES serves southwestern Connecticut and its Executive Searches division has helped schools and districts across Connecticut find new leaders. For more information about CES, visit www.cestrumbull.org or www.cestrumbull.org/searches to learn about the Executive Searches service.