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NHS Renovation a Reason to Stay On Board, Says School Chief

Superintendent John Tindall-Gibson discusses his background in school renovation projects and his excitement for the $81 million NHS renovation plan. School officials are looking into whether to renew his contract for another year.

Superintendent John Tindall-Gibson said one of the reasons he wants to is the upcoming $81 million renovation plan for Naugatuck High School.

“I am extremely interested in the school building project,” Tindall-Gibson said. “(Building projects) are something I’ve been involved in for a long time, have a knowledge about and am very interested in. I’m terribly excited about the possibilities for renovating NHS. We can do some very exciting things.”

Naugatuck residents in favor of the $81 million plan to renovate the high school and bring it up to code. Tindall-Gibson, along with multiple other school and borough officials, spoke publicly about the problems that the school deals with on a regular basis — including minor structural issues, antiquated technology and infrastructure concerns.

But Tindall-Gibson also brings to the table a technical knowledge and experience related to school renovations. He noted that he lead the building of a new 1,000-student middle school when he was a superintendent in Lincoln, R.I., a $39 million high school in Litchfield and other projects in Arizona.

Both Mayor Robert Mezzo and Board of Education Chairman David Heller recognized Tindall-Gibson’s skills in statements posted on the mayor’s blog.

“Dr. Tindall-Gibson has been a strong supporter of the NHS renovate-as-new project and he has worked tirelessly to advance the project to referendum,” Mezzo said.

According to Heller’s statement, Tindall-Gibson’s role as the elected head of the Connecticut Association of Public School Superintendents also plays a role in the project’s financial process.

“John Tindall-Gibson regularly meets with key state officials, which puts him in a unique position to assist with fiscal reimbursement issues,” Heller said. “At this point in time, he has the experience and resources to help the Board of Education plan and create a state-of-the-art high school.”

The Board of Education will decide at its 7 p.m. meeting on Thursday , keeping him as the school chief until the summer of 2013. The board will also vote on whether to extend Business Manager Wayne McAllister’s contract an additional year.

Lynn December 07, 2011 at 01:53 AM
"Tindall-Gibson, along with multiple other school and borough officials, spoke publicly about the problems that the school deals with on a regular basis — including minor structural issues, antiquated technology and infrastructure concerns." Were these issues brought up by him to the board before? And to the town for needed repairs? (To be discussed at the town/school budget public hearing) Why was the schools budget overspent by sooo much? Someone please clarify these issues - I could care less if he personally called us during the last storm regarding school closings!!! How come his wages remain the same as he has our town comptroller/manager help out, someone whom also manages the school budget issues for the past two years?????

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