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RSD13 hires new athletic director

The Board of Education has announced it has hired Nicholas Barbieri as the new athletic coordinator for regional school district 13.

The BOE cited Barbieri’s experience as a teacher, coach, and athletic director. “Mr. Barbieri, has been a physical education and health teacher for nearly 14 years, and served as an athletic director for three years of that time. His teaching experience is pre-K to 12th grade, as well as coaching a variety of sports from elementary school to college,” the BOE said in a press release.

Barbieri will begin on Nov. 18, replacing the longtime athletic director Ted Lombardo, who is retiring.

In August, the BOE agreed by a 6-3 vote to change the position from part time to full time. During that meeting, the BOE discussed both the challenges for the position and additional responsibilities the position could have at full time, such as overseeing grades K through 12 and contributing to teacher evaluations.

The increased salary of a full time position was to be balanced by the elimination of a part time special education position, which had been previously and separately recommended.

According to interim Superintendent Dr. Ernest Perlini, an early draft of the still-unreleased Connecticut Interscholastic Athletic Conference review of Cogingchaug Regional High School athletics recommended more administrative time and resources to athletics.

One of Barbieri’s responsibilities, according to previous BOE discussion, will be teacher evaluations, which have become more involved and time-consuming. Barbieri’s full title will be Regional District 13 Athletic/Physical Education/Health Coordinator.

According to the press release, Barbieri “has extensive curriculum experience in physical education, health and athletics. He holds a sixth-year certificate and masters of science in educational leadership, bachelor of science in physical education with a minor in psychology and has completed numerous professional development activities in the area of athletics. He holds all necessary certifications.”

BOE chair Kerrie Flanagan said, “On behalf of the RSD13 Board of Education, faculty, staff and the Towns of Durham and Middlefield, I welcome Nick to our school community. Nick has a big pair of shoes to fill following in the footsteps of long time AD Ted Lombardo. Nick is completely aligned with our core ethical values and brings great enthusiasm to our school district. We look forward to working with him.”

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