Board of Ed chair: Yearly budget outcomes show lack of 'respect' for Supt. Burr

School Supt. Freeman Burr said he finalized his decision to step down from his job in Shelton over the Memorial Day holiday weekend.

Burr said that is when he had “final reflections” on what he wanted to do, and considered input from Board of Education (BOE) Chairman Mark Holden when making the decision.

Holden, who has been a strong supporter of Burr, didn’t want the superintendent to leave and urged him to wait to make a decision, and to think seriously about whether this is what he wanted to do.

“I’m sorry Freeman is leaving,” Holden said at the May 27 BOE meeting, soon after Burr unexpectedly announced he would step down from his position at the end of calendar year 2015.

Burr said a “frustrating” municipal budget process, year after year in Shelton, was the main reason for his decision to leave.

'I can understand [Burr’s] frustration'

“I can understand [Burr’s] frustration with the budget process,” Holden said.

Holden said he thinks Burr has worked well with Mayor Mark Lauretti and the Board of Aldermen — the entities that largely determine the city budget — and that the mayor and aldermen have told him they like Burr.

“Unfortunately,” Holden said, how the budget process has progressed through the years “hasn’t conveyed that they [the mayor and aldermen] respect him.”

Burr says budget woes drove his decision to leave; click below: