Elliott Landon

Education Budget Would Increase a Hair Under 3% in Proposal by Interim Superintendent Landon

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Darien’s education budget would increase 2.98 percent starting in July in the proposal unveiled Thursday night by Interim Superintendent Elliott Landon to the Board of Education. Spending would increase by $2,924,920 to a total of $101,047,186. The budget will now be reviewed by the Board of Education, the Board of Finance and the Representative Town Meeting. Only the Board of Education can adjust the costs of specific items in the budget. “This budget has been developed with an unwavering commitment to provide students with exceptional programs and services while maximizing the economy of resources,” Landon said in his budget message.

Darien Public Schools

Former Head of Westport Public Schools Picked as Darien’s Interim Superintendent for One Year, Starting July 1

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In a unanimous vote, the Darien Board of Education approved the hiring of Dr. Elliott Landon, former superintendent of Westport Public schools as the interim superintendent in Darien for one year, starting July 1. Landon replaces Dan Brenner, who submitted his resignation to the board on May 30 in order to become director of the United Nations International School in New York City. Landon “brings a wealth of experience as a superintendent, most recently of the Westport Schools from 1999 to 2016,” the Board of Education said in a news release, including stints as superintendent in three other school districts, two of them in New York state. Before he led Westport schools, where he served 17 years, Landon served as superintendent of schools for 10 years in Long Beach, NY, three years in Garden City, NY  and nine years in Ridgefield. The board’s announcement also said:

Dr. Landon has received many notable honors and awards including superintendent of the Year from the Connecticut PTA (2014).