NORWICH – Middle School Principal Lisa Schuchman officially became a tenured administrator at 9:28 p.m. Tuesday night. The Norwich City School Board of Education returned after a two-and-a-half-hour executive session to pass the motion by a 4-3 vote.
Casting votes in favor of Schuchman’s tenure were board president Bob Patterson, board members Kathy Coates, Joe Stagliano and the board’s newest addition, Perry Owen. Tim Brown, Sally Chirlin and Priscilla Johnson were all in opposition.
The board’s decision may come as a surprise to some. It follows a March ruling by the board to extend Schuchman’s probationary status until July of 2009. Nor did it appear on the agenda for last night’s meeting.
At approximately 7 p.m. the motion was made and carried to enter executive session to review the exit interview information of 29 former staff members, the personnel records of two particular staff members and contract negotiations. “We may return to take action,” Patterson told the crowd as the board prepared to leave the room. There was no indication at the time what that action would be.