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Greenwich School Facilities Head Quits

Reason not given for departure of Susan Chipouras.

The list of vacancies to fill in the Greenwich Public Schools administration continues to grow.

The district's director of facilities, Susan Chipouras has resigned. Chipouras' resignation was effective Feb. 10 and the schools spokesman said she did not know why the director quit.

Chipouras, who came to the district in Jaunuary 2010 after more than 3 decades in the construction industry, declined to comment. When contacted at her Ridgefield home, Chipouras said, "I'm not saying anything at the this time. There will come a time but I'm not saying anything at this time."

Chipouras had an open-ended contract that paid her a base salary of $137,114 this year, according to Eves.

John Frangione, supervisor of building operations, will serve as the interim head of facilities while the board looks to hire a permanent replacement.

Efforts to reach Board of Education Chair Leslie Moriarty and Vice Chair Barbara O'Neill were unsuccessful.

Chipouras has overseen approximately $22 million in capital construction projects, supervised the maintenance and custodial staff, and acted as an ex-officio liaison for the district on the Greenwich High School MISA Building Committee.

Before coming to Greenwich, Chipouras was the owner and founder of a project management and construction consulting company where she managed the $78 million renovation and expansion of Staples High School and the $22 million conversion of Bedford Middle School to Saugatuck Elementary School for the Town of Westport. She also worked for Turner Construction Company as a senior project manager and purchasing agent.

The resignation of Chipouras brings to at least five, the number of administrators the district will be seeking to replace. It is in the midst of a national search for schools superintendent. The district recently announced the retirements of three district program coordinators and one school principal.

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