School officials have asked for the newly selected superintendent of schools in New London to withdraw from the position after reviewing his educational qualifications.
Terrence Carter had been selected after a nationwide search and the New London Board of Education planned to sign off on a contract on Monday night, but the meeting was postponed until Thursday “to allow board members to discuss in executive session any concerns and the accusations against Mr. Carter,” said district spokesperson Julianne Hanckel.
This comes days after reports surfaced that Carter has repeatedly referred to himself as being a doctor for years, even though he’s not scheduled to receive his Ph.D. until next month.
The state oversees the troubled school system through a special master, Steven Adamowski.
An hour and a half before the Thursday night meeting was set to begin, Adamowski, asked for Carter's withdrawal on behalf of the state Department of Education, school officials said.
"At the request of the Commissioner, the Special Master is participating in ongoing conversations with the local board regarding this evolving situation and potential next steps,” Kelly Donnelly, Director of Communications and Community Partnerships for the state State Department of Education, said in a statement.
Carter declined to comment before the Board of Education meeting Thursday. Board members said at the meeting that they will not decide on whether to remove Carter until after the investigation is complete.
Earlier this week, Hanckel said board members would be holding an executive session to question Carter about his educational background by conference call.
After learning about the allegations, residents expressed concern over how the city, its search firm and the state did not catch the problem.