Torrington Superintendent Resigns Amid Allegations of Neglect, Mismanagement

Torrington’s school superintendent has resigned amid allegations of mismanagement and neglect of special education programs.

The Board of Education scheduled a special meeting Friday night to discuss a possible vote to remove Superintendent of Schools Denise Clemons. The board voted to accept her resignation and appointed Susan Lubomski as interim superintendent.

In a statement, the school board said Clemons' resignation was a mutual decision. They did not specify why the resignation was offered.

"We cannot confirm we cannot discuss personnel items," Torrington Board of Education chair Fiona Cappabianca said.

"The Board thanks Ms. Clemons for her service to the Torrington Public Schools, and we wish her well," a statement from the board read.

More than 750 people signed a Charge.org petition for a vote of no confidence in Clemons, alleging neglect and mismanagement of special education programs. Parents were also critical of plans to shutter East Elementary School.

"When we started hearing about the closing of East school, we couldn’t get straight answers from Clemons," said parent Diane Holland.

Information obtained by the NBC Connecticut Troubleshooters show Clemons was earning more than $180,000 per year.

Clemons joined Torrington Public Schools two years ago.

This is a developing story. Check back for updates.

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