TORRINGTON, CT - 26 November, 2008 - 112608MO08 - Torrington Schools Superintendent Susan W. O'Brien, seen here in her office Wednesday with human resources director William J. Joslyn, said these flowers were given to her by special education staffers in the wake of a 9-1 vote by the school board to begin termination proceedings against her. The flowers, along with another bouquet and a card on her desk at left, reflect the support she enjoys from staff, O'Brien said, vowing tenure is far from over. "They've been so supportive," O'Brien said of the staff. "And honestly, they're not for a wake," O'Brien said of the flowers. Jim Moore Republican-American.