New Milford School Board launches search for permanent superintendent

NEW MILFORD — The city’s school board has started the process of finding a new principal.

The new superintendent would replace Acting Superintendent JeanAnn Paddfote, who currently holds that position.

To fulfill that role, board chair Wendy Faulenbach said the school board has created a superintendent search committee. .

Faulenbach said the district hired and contracted CABE (Connecticut Association of Boards of Education) consultants Mary Broderick and Jack Reynolds Executive Search Services to be part of the district’s support team.

At a recent education council meeting, the council presented its timeline for identifying stakeholders and the timeline for candidates.

Over the next few weeks, Faulenbach said Broderick and Reynolds will conduct interviews, focus groups and a survey welcoming feedback from every school member and community member.

The survey will be used to create the district leadership profile and present the district’s perspectives, and will then be delivered to the school board.

“We expect the board to complete its search in late fall and hopefully for a potential start date for a new superintendent in early February,” Faulenbach said.

“The consultants are going to walk us through it,” Faulenbach said of the research process. “The council is committed to this process and listening to our community and looks forward to selecting a new district leader. We know it’s a serious charge, we take it seriously and we’re certainly committed to the task, and I think everyone else involved will be the same.

In July, the school board voted to appoint former New Milford superintendent JeanAnn Paddyfote as acting superintendent, replacing former superintendent Alisha DiCorpo.

Faulenbach said New Milford Public Schools hired Paddyfote as the district’s acting superintendent through late February and early March.

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