Tuesday, August 23, 2011

PLTI grad takes on challenges of Bridgeport schools

Hernan Illingworth, a 2003 graduate of PLTI, has been appointed by acting state Education Commissioner George Coleman to the new Bridgeport Board of Education. Hernan, a production manager for Beckson Marine, told the Connecticut Post: "Bridgeport has a lot of untapped resources that have to be pursued. But you know what else I bring? A sense of reality. I reflect what is really happening in the district and all the frustrations parents feel. I know what is happening in the trenches. Central office doesn't always reflect that."

Here's a photo of him that ran with another Post article.

Citing an inability to address a deepening budget crisis, the original Board of Education voted in July to ask the state to take over its responsibilities. The state agreed, naming six people to a reconstituted board. When residents complained that none of the six were district parents or Latinos, Commissioner Coleman responded by adding Hernan.

Congratulations, Hernan, and good luck!