LETTER: Hamden is a 'Much Better Place' Because of Superintendent

A former Board of Education member says the district is better off having had Fran Rabinowitz at its helm.

Supt. of Schools Fran Rabinowitz at a Hamden High School graduation. Patch File Photo.
Supt. of Schools Fran Rabinowitz at a Hamden High School graduation. Patch File Photo.

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)

Thomas Alegi January 23, 2014 at 07:23 AM
Councilman Cesare you should have read the archives of the New Haven Register, Hamden Daily News, HamdenPatch and other Connecticut newspapers. Before writing this, “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.”… Newspaper archives and Hamden resident’s comments posted to the above mentioned newspapers show the only stability and innovation that Fran brought to Hamden was how she used the system to increase her personal wealth. To be fair Fan did do some good, she improved the lunches served to Hamden students and improved the school bus service.
Dan Garrett January 23, 2014 at 07:51 AM
Thomas, do you ever give it a break? I have not commented in awhile, but would like to add, 99% of your comments are doom and gloom. Thomas, your negative comments are growing old. Rick Scott would welcome you to his state.
J D C January 23, 2014 at 09:43 AM
You know, I redact that post because I promised I wouldnt stoop anymore. Thomas I do think you're an asset to the forum and we dont always AGREE. But I'm sure the marriage's in some of our worlds are without disagreement. Like Russia and Nazi Germany and the Middle East.
gschark1 January 23, 2014 at 10:35 AM
I think Fran Rabinowitz was an asset to Hamden's Public Schools. She was open, intelligent, and interested. I taught in Hamden Schools for 37 years, and worked as an Experience Corps tutor/mentor at Ridgehill School for 7 years. I saw Fran interact positively with both 1st grade students and with RidgeHill teachers. In my opinion, Hamden's schools were enhanced by her leadership. She realized that you cannot measure student progress solely by standardized tests, and she was open to the views of classroom teachers. I cannot remember a Hamden Superintendent in the last 40 years who was her equal. She will be missed.
J D C January 23, 2014 at 11:05 AM
Then I need to ask people this. If Mrs Rabinowitz is as good as everyone says, why arent they keeping here at LEAST as an adviser in the search process? I personally WOULD NOT pay her replacement MORE for less and let her expertise go to waste. Stands to reason that what many are saying is she is TOO GOOD to let go, so then why are they letting her go? You cant tell me if she LOVED Hamden and the kids so much they couldn't entice her to stay. She is so "retired" but she is helping BRIDGEPORT? I don't understand.
Thomas Alegi January 23, 2014 at 12:32 PM
Dan, “it isn’t right, fair or just to expect anyone to give blind loyalty to someone or something that is toxic, dishonest or unethical, or not what it purports to be. Moreover, it is even more dishonest to silence the voices of dissent”…. Dan, do you know who said that? Community Organizer, Barack Obama
Linda C January 23, 2014 at 12:54 PM
Thomas you keep right on stating your truth as you know it. I can't help but believe if Hamden had more residents like yourself, we would NEVER have gotten into the predicament we're in. I blame the Kool Aid drinkers who can't be bothered standing up for anything other than themselves. Just hit the popular lever and let the chips fall as they may!! The letter to begin with must be taken with a grain of salt - would be like your mother writing you a letter of recommendation. They are all in the Money Sucking Town destroying Pool. As long as they're getting the BIG PAYCHECKS everything's wonderful, and if those of us who are FOOTING THE BILLS say anything - we are just negative, bitter people! Well grab the salt and tequila people because this bitter person isn't going anywhere - neither is JDC and Thomas. The truth must to told as we see it - maybe one day you will grasp what it is we are truly saying. We grew up here - we Love Hamden and we are SICKENED by the path it is being taken down - if that makes us wrong than so be it!!
J D C January 23, 2014 at 01:52 PM
Wrong spot
Linda C January 23, 2014 at 02:13 PM
Thomas I wonder how many of the Kool Aid drinkers would understand this and how scary it truly is! This is why I buck the system people and sound bitter - because this is what is currently happening in this country and until we all face that fact; it won't be stopped - It'll be too late! We're almost there! How to create a 'social state' by Saul Alinsky: There are eight levels of control that must be obtained before you are able to create a social state. The first is the most important.... 1) Healthcare – Control healthcare and you control the people 2) Poverty – Increase the Poverty level as high as possible, poor people are easier to control and will not fight back if you are providing everything for them to live. 3) Debt – Increase the debt to an unsustainable level. That way you are able to increase taxes, and this will produce more poverty. 4) Gun Control – Remove the ability to defend themselves from the Government. That way you are able to create a police state. 5) Welfare – Take control of every aspect of their lives (Food, Housing, and Income) 6) Education – Take control of what people read and listen to – take control of what children learn in school. 7) Religion – Remove the belief in the God from the Government and all the schools 8) Class Warfare – Divide the people into the wealthy and the poor. This will cause more discontent and it will be easier to take (Tax) the wealthy with the support of the poor. Does any of this sound like what is happening to the united States right now?????
J D C January 23, 2014 at 04:31 PM
Isnt that Barry's 8 step program also? LMAO "BARRY", they actually elected then RE ELECTED a muslim dude who's "real" middle name is hussein that went by an alias AND was suspended from practicing law in Illinois!!! Just to name ONE thing he did illegally! Hahahahahahahahahahahahahaha You gotta be frikken serious!! lmmwaowrofflmfbo
Linda C January 23, 2014 at 04:33 PM
Yes the leader who declared to the youth of today that pot isn't any worse than alcohol. Ummm except it's illegal - maybe? lol
J D C January 23, 2014 at 05:01 PM
What about where it is "legal" now, does that mean if a certain job requires drug screening in say Ky, the SAME job can be "performed" okay smoking weed in Co? What about COPS in Co? Weed stays in your system for 30+ days, how do THEY get tested? Or are they not allowed to do something LEGAL?
Linda C January 23, 2014 at 05:11 PM
As long as they aren't drunk - OK with him lol
Thomas Alegi January 23, 2014 at 05:36 PM
“Drinking the Kool-Aid" is a metaphor commonly used in the United States that refers to a person or group holding an unquestioned belief, argument, or philosophy without critical examination.” The phrase has been used in a variety of contexts to describe blind, uncritical acceptance or following. This usage gained popularity in the 1990s, and reached mainstream use in the late 2000s “…. In 1978 when 918 people followed Rev. Jim Jones to Guyana to start a new life they never thought Rev. Jim Jones would order them to commit suicide by drinking grape- flavored Kool-Aid laced with potassium cyanide... Rev. Jim Jones was a master of mind control… If those 918 people did some Critical Thinking and questioned Rev. Jim Jones beliefs like some members of Peoples Temple did who stayed in the U.S.A., they would still be alive today. Blind loyalty does have consequences!
Linda C January 23, 2014 at 05:41 PM
Amen Thomas -not to mention Red Dye #6. lol
J D C January 23, 2014 at 06:23 PM
And inspector #12 too...............
J D C January 23, 2014 at 06:29 PM
Hey I bet if Christie didnt let that "Bridgegate" incident happen people wouldn't have DIED in Benghazi! And Oblundercare is ALL Mitt Romney and Sarah Palin's fault. And if John McCain didnt go and get CAPTURED no Vietcong would have been killed!
Larry January 23, 2014 at 07:52 PM
i was agimatced in the shamden shool syetem .thx, noy i kan injoy mi slef.
Larry January 23, 2014 at 07:53 PM
sorry, i wuz edumaction in the shamden shool sistem.


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