It started with a no-bid, $450,000 no-bid contract and ended with a state job that was never posted. It is the story of Governor Dan Malloy and Commissioner of Education Stefan Pryor’s successful effort to ensure that “Special Deal” Steven Adamowski lives up his “Special Deal” reputation.
Three blog posts from Wait, What?
On September 4, 2013, the Connecticut State Board of Education met. One of their agenda items was the “Extension of Term: Special Master, New London Public Schools; Windham Public Schools.”
Upon the recommendation of Governor Malloy’s Commissioner of Education, Stefan Pryor, the State Board of Education, led by Chairman Allan Taylor, voted to grant Steven Adamowski a one-year extension in his role as the Special Master for the Windham and New London school systems.
At the time, Pryor announced that it would be moving Adamowski from his position as an employee of SERC (the State Education Resource Center) to that of a state employee within the State Department of Education.
Four days later, on September 10, 2013 it was reported here on Wait, What? that Steven Adamowski had been hired as a $162,000.09, Durational Project Manager back on August 30, 2013….
Five days before the State Board of Education even met to consider whether or not to extend his term as Special Master for the two communities.
Now, according to state documents acquired this afternoon, Commissioner Stefan Pryor was actively working to hire Adamowski weeks and even months before the State Board approved the action. More at: http://jonathanpelto.com/2013/09/27/lets-just-name-steven-special-deal-adamowski-call-wrap/
Why did the Malloy Administration rush through hiring Steven Adamowski?
Why did Adamowski start in his new state position even before the State Board of Education voted to extend his appointment as Special Master for the Windham and New London school systems?
It turns out the answer, at least in part, can be found in the no-bid contract Adamowski was given in July 2011.
More than two years ago, with the support of Windham state legislators, State Senator Donald Williams and State Representative Susan Johnson, the Connecticut General Assembly authorized the creation of a Special Masters position with the adoption of Section 138 of Public Act 11-16.
A month later, without any open, competitive bidding or review process, Malloy’s Acting Commissioner of Education gave the Special Master’s job to Steven Adamowski by directing the State Education Resource Center (SERC) to hire him, a move that later drew a rebuke from the Connecticut State Auditors. More at: http://jonathanpelto.com/2013/09/28/malloypryor-time-come-clean-special-deal-steven-adamowski/
A primary question facing Governor Malloy and Commissioner of Education Stefan Pryor is how did they have the authority to create a special position for Steven Adamowski when the State Board of Education hadn’t even voted to continue Adamowski’s role as “Special Master” for the Windham and New London school systems.
In fact, the position for “Special Deal” Adamowski wasn’t even part of the State Department of Education’s organization plan.