BBSD Superintendent Leaves “Under Pressure”
Multiple sources on Friday confirmed Dr. Rose Minniti is leaving the Bristol Borough School District for the same position with New Hope-Solebury School District, claiming she was squeezed into leaving the school district.
Sources Friday afternoon said, Minniti informed board members this morning in an e-mail.
School Board Director John Ruzin announced her leaving in a post to Facebook earlier today.
“Bristol Borough School District Superintendent Dr Minniti is leaving our district to take a position in New Hope . What a loss it is for us . I certainly understand why she’s leaving and I wish her nothing but happiness with whatever she does . Those on our school board should have seen this coming for a while now or they were blind if they didn’t said board member.”
When asked to explain, two source declined to provided additional information for fear of revealing their own identity.
A third source said she was “pressured” to leave and no matter what she did, School Board President David Chichilitti had the votes to fire her anytime he wanted, they said.
Asked if the late change is related to new differences between the Superintendent and School Board President, one school board source said its more than likely.
“She wasn’t actively looking for another job, but she could see, sources said, nothing was going to really change in terms of how she was treated.
With only weeks to go before Bristol Borough schools open (Sept 8), the sources all agreed that this change is “untimely” predicting Kelly Rosado, currently the Principal at Snyder-Girotti, will take over the lead administrative duties for the interim.
In May, Minniti filed a complaint against Chichilitti with Bristol Borough Police, LBS reported exclusively.
Days later, Minniti hired an attorney who in turn sent out a letter to school district officials out le announcing the possibility of a legal action specific to the board and it president, David Chichilitti.
The letter sent to officials outlined the incident that occurred in May between the superintendent and school board president, multiple sources reported. Sources at the time Chichilitti entered Bristol High School, bypassing security, damaging a video camera and screamed at Minniti as she was reprimanding a school employee.
12 days after the incident, at a May School Board Meeting, Solicitor David Truelove read a statement at the beginning of last nights meeting, addressing the “incident” between the two on April 30 in the High School cafeteria.
Truelove said the incident has been resolved and there would be no specific board comment offered at the meeting and then he read a statement.
” loved working with Dr. Minniti. She was an excellent professional and great person” Truelove said on Friday.
” I don’t have Dr Minniti’s contract in front of me, he said “but I seem to recall there is a 90-day notification required when leaving for another position. I have complete confidence that she will stay on to ensure an effective transition” Truelove said.
Minniti, a longtime educator and administrator, began her tenure as superintendent in August of 2019 to great fanfare, reflected in the Ruzin’s comment and commenters under his post today.
In May, when the conflict between the superintendent and school board spilled into the public mind, Ruzin was steadfast in his defense of Minniti refusing to comment about the conflict cause he though it would be damaging to her efforts and leadership of the district as its top school administrator.
Ruzin has been the only school board member to comment publicly, as many other members are active on social media.
As of 4 p.m. neither Minnitti or Chichilitti have responded to multiple requests for comment.
Sources said, Minniti will be going to the New Hope- Solebury School District, with a vote on her hiring coming next week.
New Hope-Solebury district officials did not respond to request’s for comment on this story.