To the Editor,
It is with sadness that I learned that School Superintendent Fran Rabinowitz is leaving Hamden after seven years of service to our district. Having served on the Board of Education for six years, and as a member of the original search committee which successfully recruited Fran to come to Hamden back in 2007, I can say that she has exceeded all expectations.
We were told during the search process that by hiring Fran, we would be hiring someone who would work tirelessly on behalf of children, and dedicate herself one hundred percent to the betterment of the Hamden school system. She has achieved both without compare. She was our top candidate of choice, and we were fortunate to have selected her to lead our district.
Fran’s tenure as superintendent was one of stability and innovation. Unlike other districts, there were no negative or embarrassing headlines about Hamden schools under her stewardship. She managed the system as a consummate professional, as an educator with vast experience, and always with a deep commitment to excellence and in improving the lives of children.
She moved our district forward through curriculum enhancement and technology upgrades. Fran made herself continually accessible to parents and students alike. Teachers and staff appreciate her efforts and looked to her for guidance and leadership. She served Hamden extremely well though her willingness to collaborate and to include all stakeholders as our educational leader.
I am sure I am not alone when I say best of luck Fran! Thank you for an excellent job as our superintendent of schools. Hamden is a much better place because of your efforts and leadership. The Hamden Board of Education will have a tough time filling your shoes!
Austin T. Cesare
Hamden Legislative Councilman At Large (R)
Former Member of the Hamden Board of Education (2005-2011)