Richards Named Connecticut's Superintendent of the Year

He's been superintendent in Wilton since 2004.


Dr. Gary Richards, Superintendent of Schools, has been named Superintendent of the Year by the Connecticut Association of Public School Superintendents.

According to a press release sent by Dr. Joseph J. Cirasuolo, executive director of CAPSS, Richards began his tenure as superintendent in 2004. Before landing his current job, Richards served a superintendent in New Canaan, Oak Park, Calif. and San Marino, Calif.

"Dr. Richards has also played a leading role in a number of professional development programs," Cirasuolo wrote in the release. "He has been a mentor in the UCONN Neag School of Education Executive Leadership Program and served as an adjunct professor in the USC School of Education at Sacred Heart University. In addition, he has worked on planning professional development activities and program reviews for the Tri State Consortium, is active in professional development activities that are offered by ERB Trustees and was a participant in the Harvard Business School Governing for Non-Profit Excellence Program."

Cirasuolo said Richards is a "community leader." 

"He is an active member of the Kiwanis Club of Wilton and a long-time supporter of A Better Chance of Wilton," he said. "He has served as a deacon in the Wilton Presbyterian Church and is the co-chairperson of the Wilton Public Schools United Way Campaign."

According to Cirasuolo, CAPSS chose Richards "in recognition of the fact that his leadership in Wilton has resulted in many additions of value to that school system," the most prominent of which follow: 

  • The development and implementation of a strategic plan that is deeply rooted in a vision for what the Wilton Public Schools will be and that is, in turn, deeply rooted in a theory of action that makes the vision and strategic plan concrete.
  • The development and implementation of a highly effective inclusion program for special needs students.
  • District advancements in the use of technology as an integral tool for teaching and learning and administration.
  • The development and implementation of a highly effective program for obtaining financial support for the school system from both the local town government and from private community sources.

Richards will now enter the running to become the National Superintendent of the Year. That award will be announced in February 2013. 

"CAPSS is proud that Dr. Richards is the Connecticut Superintendent of the Year for 2013," Cirasuolo said. "He serves as a model for the general public and for his colleagues in the superintendency for what superintendents need to do and for the kind of leadership that superintendents need to provide."

Kit November 20, 2012 at 01:32 PM
Congratulations Gary. This is a well deserved honor!
Wilton is in trouble now November 20, 2012 at 04:19 PM
Great, now he will think he can do whatever he wants even more so.
Why did Patch remove my comment November 20, 2012 at 06:24 PM
Funny how my comment criticizing this was removed. I guess the Patch only likes positive comments about our bloated school budget.
Alethiologist November 21, 2012 at 04:35 PM
Would this be possible if he had to do with less of our tax dollars?
Alethiologist November 23, 2012 at 11:37 AM
What is richard's salary? Salary of retired US Presidents .............$180,000 FOR LIFE Salary of House/Senate .......................$174,000 FOR LIFE This is stupid Salary of Speaker of the House .............$223,500 FOR LIFE This is really stupid Salary of Majority/Minority Leaders ....... $193,400 FOR LIFE Ditto last line Average Salary of a teacher ............... $40,065 Average Salary of Soldier DEPLOYED IN AFGHANISTAN ....... $38,000 I think we found where the cuts should be made!
Connecticut15 December 12, 2012 at 01:05 PM
Phone calls or emails not returned. A former HR Director who said she didn't know the laws and interpreted policies and regulations in contradiction to what they stated so that issues went undocumented. Possible years of emails to Board of Ed not forwarded to Board of Ed members. Some teachers allowed to disregard agreements or directives from superiors, disregard school policies and regulations. Allowing a subindustry of teacher private tutoring for money - now that is real "pay to play" - you pay a teacher cash and your student gets personal access to information not provided to the other students, and great recommendations for awards (which are important on a college application) , scholarships, and college. Ask the students whether many recipients of awards seem logical.
Connecticut15 December 12, 2012 at 03:20 PM
Your comment may not be the only one removed...if that turns out to be so then the real questions should be why the Patch is censoring and what they are censoring.
Connecticut15 December 12, 2012 at 06:30 PM
Yours is not the only comment missing.


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