Ledyard Public Schools Superintendent Michael Graner, shown Tuesday in his Ledyard office, has been named superintendent for Groton Public Schools.
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Michael H. Graner, the superintendent of Ledyard Public Schools, has accepted the job as superintendent of Groton Public Schools.
said Tuesday he
accepted the job Monday night.
"I told everybody in Ledyard that on the one hand, I'm just so grateful for the experience I've had here working with an outstanding school community, but I'm also enthusiastic about the new challenge of leading Groton Public Schools," Graner said.
"The school community is so ready to carry forward and realize its full potential."
would work out the details with Groton but probably would start around Jan. 1.
contract in Ledyard has a 90-day clause, and Graner
said has spoken to the chairmen of the school boards in Groton and Ledyard.
sent a districtwide email Tuesday, telling Ledyard residents that he
had accepted the position in Groton.
colleagues to hear it from him.
wrote that he
was proud of the "team" in the schools and that one of the key goals of the board over his
time was to create a "culture of excellence."
"As my journey moves from Ledyard to Groton, I want you to know that I will not be far away ... literally, in terms of geography, and figuratively, because my heart will remain in Ledyard," he
The new job will take Graner
from a school district with 2,559 students to one with a student body of 4,826 during the 2012-13 school year, according to the Groton school district's budget.
would have two immediate orders of business once in Groton.
"One is to immediately get a firm handle on the financial aspects of the district, and the second would be to work with the administrators, principals, town officials and central office staff to make sure I can listen and understand the needs of the community," he
Graner has been Ledyard superintendent for 10 years.
He previously served as superintendent of Putnam Public Schools and as a principal in the Thompson and Waterford public school systems.
The board voted, 5-1, to offer Graner
School board Chairwoman Kirsten Hoyt, Vice Chairwoman Beth Gianacoplos, Peruzzotti, and members Rita Volkmann and Kim Shepardson Watson voted in favor of Graner.
The board then narrowed the list to two before selecting Graner
said the second round of interviews included the school board and members of various "stakeholder" groups, including a student, community member, teacher, principal, non-certified staff member and a member of the central office staff.