Stamford super to take control

The Amity Board of Education has selected an interim superintendent for the Amity Regional School District to replace Dr. Rolfe Wenner, who accepted a contract buyout last month by the Board of Education after disclosing in August that the school district faced a $2.3 million deficit.

Following marathon interviews involving three finalists, the ABOE voted 7-2 with three abstentions to hire Dr. Michael R. Nast of New Haven. The Executive Committee, according to the motion, will offer him the position and details of his contract will be worked out with the board's attorneys, Segal and O'Connor.

Nast has 36 years experience in public education and complemented the board on the good system Amity has become.

When asked by board member Joe Marrone how he would recruit teachers he admitted there was currently a "lot of competition" for good instructors and that it was important to show teachers they were appreciated.

Board member Santo Galatioto asked Nast how he could help "bridge the gap" caused by the recent budget problems.

Nast responded that communication was important.

"You have to get the information out (to the residents) and develop trust. The glass is half full, not half empty," he said.

Nast said he is experienced with building projects, having worked on two new elementary schools and renovating two high schools while in Stamford.

Nast is currently an Educational Consultant since retiring in 1999. He was the interim Superintendent of Schools for New Hartford.

Previously, he was the Superintendent of Stamford's Public School System from 1994-1999, Deputy Superintendent for Operations and Interim Superintendent of Schools in Stamford from 1992-1994.

School Board Chairman Michael Lohne said he was happy with the board's decision.

"I am very pleased with the choice made by the board. I was also pleased with the willingness of candidates to come forward so quickly," he said.

Lohne said he expects the details and a start date for Nast to be worked out by the end of this week.

Other finalists for the position included Ted Merritt, who has 30 years experience as a superintendent in three districts and is currently employed by Fletcher Thompson Architects as an educational consultant and Marvin Maskobsky, a former superintendent of Region 1 school system.

Lohne said he does not know if Wenner plans to continue in his post through January. Nast will decide that he said.

Nast did not return calls placed to him