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TORRINGTON — John Giansanti’s life has changed significantly in recent days. As a result, he decided to resign from the Torrington Board of Education, cognizant of the demands of the job, to focus his job and family, he said.
Chairman Fiona Cappabianca announced that Giansanti had decided to resign at this week’s meeting of the Board of Education.
Giansanti said Friday that he got married March 1 to Andrea Török, a recent emigre to the United States from Hungary. He wants to be able to spend his free time with her and make her feel comfortable and happy, especially since she left her family and friends behind to be with him, he said.
“I felt I owed her any time out of work that I had,” said Giansanti.
In addition, he recently took on a new role at Terryville Chevrolet, moving from a sales position to become the director of finance for the dealership. It was a move he had hoped to make, but was not immediately expecting.
“This is an opportunity that I have been striving for,” said Giansanti. “(T)he opportunity presented itself and I had to take it.”
With these new elements of his life, Giansanti said he felt it was best to step away from the Board of Education and allow someone else to take on the job. It is a demanding task that requires a significant amount of time, and he said he wanted to be sure to be fair to students and parents in the city.
“The Board of Education is a grueling, grueling commitment,” said Giansanti, noting his respect for his fellow members, who volunteer their time to do a difficult job. “It’s a lot of sacrifice on the part of the board members.”
As he considers decisions made by the board in the future, Giansanti said he will remain aware of their role.
Board members are, at times, privy to information that has not or cannot be shared with the public and are asked to make decisions based on what they know, even if they are unpopular, Giansanti said.
He asked the public to offer them appropriate respect, given the job, which has been made more difficult by the state’s financial difficulties.
“They’re asked to do a job that is almost impossible,” said Giansanti.
He said he would step away from politics as a whole for the time being, until Török’s paperwork is squared away and he was comfortable in his new role at work.
He thanked those that had helped him in his “political adventures” in the city to date, and said he was hoping to work with them again in the future.
The Republican Town Committee must now put forward a replacement to serve the rest of Giansanti’s term, Cappabianca said Wednesday.
Giansanti, a Republican, was elected to the Torrington Board of Education in November.
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