Board of Education began the search process for a new superintendent
in July and candidates were interviewed by a broad-based committee
of individuals from the school and the community.
The Board also held interviews with the
final candidates to make certain that the person selected fit the
profile of what the community desired. Michael Smith, Chair of
the Sprague Board of Education, commented that this was the missing
piece to make our Administrative team complete, “Mr. Erwin brings
a wealth of knowledge and experience and will be integral in moving
Sayles School forward into the future.”
Erwin, a Waterbury, CT native began his career in 1975 as a language
arts teacher in the Waterbury Public Schools. He has also been a
teacher in the Region 15 school district (Middlebury/Southbury). He
has served in numerous roles during his 43 year career in education.
In addition to his teaching, he has been a principal in both the
Madison Public Schools and the Trumbull Public Schools. He served as
both assistant superintendent and superintendent in the Clinton
Public Schools and was superintendent in the Montville Public
Schools for a decade from 1999-2009. During this time, Sprague
developed a partnership with Montville for students interested to
attend Montville High School. Currently he is the superintendent of
schools in the Berlin Public Schools.
1994 Mr. Erwin has been an adjunct professor in the department of
educational leadership at Sacred Heart University, both at the
Griswold campus as well as at the main campus in Fairfield. Mr.
Erwin is also an adjunct professor at the University of Connecticut
where he teaches in the TCPCG (Teacher Certification Program for
College Graduates) Program. Mr. Erwin was selected as the University
of Connecticut Neag School of Education Outstanding School
Superintendent in 2005 and was chosen as the Connecticut School
Superintendent of the Year in 2006. Mr. Erwin also serves on the
Board of Directors of NESDEC.
reached for comment Erwin said, “I was extremely impressed with
the interview process. It was most evident to me that people are
very proud of the school and want it to get even better. I am very
thankful for the confidence the Board and the committee had in
selecting me. I am excited about starting in January and look
forward to working with students, staff, parents, the Board and the
resides in Middlebury, CT with his wife Linda, a retired educator.
They are parents of three adult sons: Brian, Chris and Ben and have
three grandchildren: Bryce, Alexander and Rose.