Board of Ed approves Valentine as Stamford High’s next principal in a 5-4 vote

After heated discussion, the Board of Education approved Donna Valentine as Stamford High School’s next principal in a 5-4 vote.

“I have a feeling your tenure at Stamford High School will be a lot smoother than your approval this evening,” Board President Jackie Heftman told Valentine, who sat in the audience, after the vote.

Board members Polly Rauh, Carmine Limone and Lorraine Olson questioned her experience and record, with Jerry Pia joining them to vote against her appointment.

Superintendent Joshua Starr defended his candidate, calling her “tough, visionary and wiling to do whatever it takes to ensure a schools is meeting the needs of its kids.” Other board members said they were influenced by comments from parents earlier in the night supporting her appointment.

My story should be online Wednesday morning and in the paper Thursday.

Wynne Parry