Departing Platt Principal Wanted 2nd Year?

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Departing Platt Principal Wanted 2nd Year?


McCready, Brian, New Haven Register (New Haven, CT)


By Brian McCready

Metro Editor bmccready@nhregister.com Twitter @nhrbmccready

MILFORD -- Platt Technical High School Principal Patricia DeCoster wanted to return to the school for a second year, but her superiors decided otherwise, according to emails and documents obtained by the New Haven Register.

The Register obtained, under the state Freedom of Information Act, more than 25 pages of emails and documents between DeCoster and Superintendent of Connecticut Technical High Schools Patricia Ciccone.

The emails and documents shed some light on why DeCoster departed Platt after one year on the job, but many questions remain, and will likely never be answered.

In a handwritten note from DeCoster to Ciccone on May 1 the principal wrote her contract was not renewed for "performance" reasons. However, the "performance" issues were never detailed in emails and documents obtained by the Register.

Ciccone confirmed in a phone interview there were "justifiable" performance reasons why DeCoster is not returning, but declined to elaborate. She said she and DeCoster signed an agreement promising not to publicly discuss reasons for her departure.

In a letter to the Register, state Department of Education Labor Relations Specialist Rita Ferraiolo wrote DeCoster's evaluation documents are not subject to disclosure.

Ciccone stressed there were no violations of state law, or anything criminal concerning the reasons DeCoster departed. It was decided May 1 that DeCoster would not return to Platt, according to documents.

DeCoster is currently on medical leave and her last official day as Platt's principal is June 30. DeCoster remained on the job through the end of the school year. …

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