State education officials intervene in Bridgeport, then name new leader in Windham

Thirty minutes after deciding to takeover the Bridgeport school board, state education leaders announced who they intend to lead the other district they intervened in earlier this year.

The controversial former superintendent of Hartford Public Schools Steven Adamowski has been named the new leader of Windham Public Schools.

“He can make some positive differences. We are excited about that,” Acting Education Commissioner George Coleman told the State Board of Education Wednesday.

Adamowski has a history as being a reformer in Hartford during his five-year tenure, a move that has caused tensions between him and teacher unions when he tried to amend teacher tenure rules.

Adamowski’s salary and his start date were not immediately available.