Superintendent Says Goodbye to Stratford Schools

Stratford Superintendent Irene Cornish gives notice of her planned withdrawal through the following letter addressed to Board of Education Chairman Gavin Forrester.

Dear Chairman Forrester:

Please accept this notice of my intention to end my employment with the Stratford Public Schools as its superintendent on January 1, 2013.

While my current contract does not end until June 30, 2013, I hope you will understand my desire to commence my retirement sooner. Although I was born and raised in Connecticut, I have never enjoyed its winters. Now that I have a home in Mexico, I long to spend next winter and future winters there.

I thank this Board and prior Boards for the privilege of working in this district for what will be a full nine (9) years.

During that time, together we have re-invigorated Stratford High School, implemented full day kindergarten for all those who want it, implemented an elementary world language program from kindergarten through grade six, built a solid technolological foundation, revised curricula, updated textbooks, and focused on an equitable distribution of resources throughout the district.

We have enjoyed statewide acclaim for award winning schools and staff; and can take particular pride in our efforts to close the achievement gap.

Further, despite the years of an ailing economy, the quality of education has not suffered due in large part to the financial sacrifices of our administrators, teachers, staff, parents and community at large.

Departing on January 1, 2013, will allow me to open schools for the 2012/13 school year, participate in the negotiation of the next teacher contract, set the stage for the 2013/14 budget process, and help with succession planning.

I thank you, this Board, and prior Boards for your encouragement and support over the years. We have accomplished much which has benefitted the lives of thousands of students and their families.

I wish the Board and the Stratford Public Schools continued success.


Irene Cornish

Editor's note: Stratford Patch will be reaching out to Cornish this week for a full-length profile.

Armando Atanacio May 13, 2012 at 10:03 PM
Miss Cornish the Superintendent of Stratford Connecticut, Given the pleasure to show off or discuss her dream "condominium" is just plan sickening, Disgusting... Just as disgusting as while im in a coma, she tells me she more concerned about her Saturday morning breakfast !!{http://www.topix.com/forum/city/bridgeportct/TIMIV9D9S0TOS2JN8} given her reputation shes really known for, No student left behind?? More like NO CHECKS left behind!! Irene Cornish Slandered My Name My Education my ability to attend certain COLLAGES and MANY MORE.. withheld so much school work that it was just impossible to pass, i was left without school work for 3 to 4 weeks..There was two more fights after that brutal fight that happened November 7, 2008 that 2 girls needed to go to the hospital for treatments.. I was promised BY THE BOARD OF EDUCATION if I pass my senior year i would be able to walk with my well deserve right with my fellow classmates down the aisle and when graduation time came i was refused and embarrassely laughed at. I've regrettably even accepted a diploma with a 53% average knowing i didn't pass school Standards and Was given a Bent and crumpled Diploma that was given from a secretary that was unknown...I regret the fact that I was told if i stood quiet that I would be "TAKEN" care of... This is Not a lash out this is not a hate mail this is the god honest truth!!
Dom DeCicco May 13, 2012 at 11:01 PM
Armando: Although I cannot speak personally to any of the very serious concerns you have regarding the Superintendant, as I have limited knowledge of such intricate involvements that she has had with students; I can say that the game (for most) is about fame. We now live in an amoral society where honor and virtuousness mean very little. We rely on resumes rather than a face-to-face interaction. Handshakes mean very little unless they are followed by some esoteric phrase such as “brother”.
Dom DeCicco May 13, 2012 at 11:02 PM
We are a society of movers and shakers who are more willing to cook the books, fudge the numbers, or just lie in order to advance our party politics and the money-making agenda than we are to risk being besmirched and slandered for speaking the truth. In reality, the truth means very little these days; from civil law, to criminal law, down to the family—our new order of how things are done is all about lying. If you do have the integrity to: not cheat on your spouse, go to church, and try to suggest to others that the primrose path is not always the right one, you will be ostracized, you will lose money, and ultimately your family will suffer as a result of such advocacy. However, I will guarantee you this much: telling the truth, having honor, and being virtuous will lead to happiness. You see, when we were conditioned to exchange freedom for security—in our jobs, in our relations, and in our culture, we gave up being good. For instance, the supposed “gap” in learning between minority students and non-minority students (who ever they are) does not exist in an institutional sense. They know that. There is no genetic trait that determines that one group learns more or less adventitiously than another. To promote such social agendas is dangerous and historically has resulted in the systematic dehumanization of groups. They know that though, yet they keep pushing it.
Dom DeCicco May 13, 2012 at 11:02 PM
The Nazis were taught to hate the Jews because of such disinformation. Yet, there is so much money in pushing this trash that the sycophants (de facto employees) of the capital groups that have infested public education through tax-sheltered philanthropy will continue endlessly to push public policies upon us that are fallacious and too costly a burden for upstanding citizens to sustain. Meanwhile, the media will keep us looking at trivialities such as teachers’ dental plans. You see, they are artisans at this craft—they distract us from their maneuvers by pitting us against various groups. I can’t speak for her directly but as a much better man than I once put it, “If you’re not part of the solution, you're part of the problem.” They have ignored very serious safety violations in the schools and use their omission in reporting of these events to suggest that behavioral modification programs they have implemented are successful. That is dishonest, lacks integrity, and is a perpetrated fraud of the sacred public trust. This is what I think.
Charles Cornwallace July 24, 2012 at 07:27 PM
Wow, I missed this one..


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