New London superintendent asks state to intervene


New London Superintendent Nicholas Fischer

Superintendent Nicholas Fischer came before the State Board of Education on Thursday to ask them to intervene his 3,000-student district.

“The state must intervene in New London,” he told the board and Education Commissioner Stefan Pryor.

His proof that things have hit a breaking point: an audit outlining their dire financial situation that may lead to 60 of his 420-person staff being let go.

Whether the board decides to intervene, Pryor said “there are options” that can be considered, though no decision has been made yet.

Earlier this week, Gov. Dannel P. Malloy signed into law a massive education reform bill that gives the state more authority to intervene in the state’s worst districts.

Those options include replacing the school board, superintendent.

Last year, the state intervened in Bridgeport and Windham.

This story will be updated later this afternoon.