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Sunday, December 28, 2003

Former Staples Special Ed Coordinator Takes Over Top Post in New Canaan

David Abbey, a former special education coordinator at Staples High School, takes over as New Canaans school superintendent on Thursday.

He replaces Gary Richards who announced in May that he had landed a job in California. Abbey, 55, has been the district’s second-in-command since last year.

Abbey was special ed coordinator at Staples from 1981 to 1988. He then took a similar job at New Canaan High School, moving up to the principal position there in 1991.

He left the district in 1997 to become assistant superintendent for curriculum and instruction in the Bedford Central School District in Bedford, N.Y. He returned to the New Canaan district in 2002.

He was named to the post earlier this month after a six-month nationwide search for a new superintendent.

“One consultant we worked with asked us, ‘Do you want to coronate or do you want to validate?’” Deb Edwards, chair of the Board of Education, told The Advocate newspaper.

“After the search, we can look the town square in the eye and say he’s the best man for the job.”

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Posted 12/28/03 at 04:05 AM  Permalink



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