Updated: Thursday, 21 Mar 2013, 9:33 AM EDT
Published : Thursday, 21 Mar 2013, 9:33 AM EDT
NEWTOWN, Conn. (AP) — Newtown officials have named former town schools chief John Reed to serve as interim superintendent while they search for a permanent successor to Janet Robinson.
Reed was superintendent of Newtown schools for two decades until 2002 and recently has volunteered at the relocated Sandy Hook Elementary School in neighboring Monroe. Students were relocated there after the December school shootings that killed 20 first-graders and six educators.
Robinson is stepping down as superintendent in June to become superintendent of Stratford schools. School board members say Reed will work with Robinson and take over after she leaves until a new superintendent is hired.
School board Vice Chairwoman Laura Roche says the board wanted someone highly knowledgeable about Newtown to serve as interim superintendent in the wake of the school shooting.