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.

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Jacqueline Rabe Thomas

Jacqueline was CT Mirror’s Education and Housing Reporter, and an original member of the CT Mirror staff, joining shortly before our January 2010 launch. Her awards include the best-of-show Theodore A. Driscoll Investigative Award from the Connecticut Society of Professional Journalists in 2019 for reporting on inadequate inmate health care, first-place for investigative reporting from the New England Newspaper and Press Association in 2020 for reporting on housing segregation, and two first-place awards from the National Education Writers Association in 2012. She was selected for a prestigious, year-long Propublica Local Reporting Network grant in 2019, exploring a range of affordable and low-income housing issues. Before joining CT Mirror, Jacqueline was a reporter, online editor and website developer for The Washington Post Co.’s Maryland newspaper chains. Jacqueline received an undergraduate degree in journalism from Bowling Green State University and a master’s in public policy from Trinity College.

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