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At a special meeting on Oct. 16, the RSD13 Board of Education appointed Dr. Kathryn Veronesi as superintendent of schools. The appointment ends a search that began in April, when then superintendent of schools Sue Viccaro announced her departure.

Veronesi, a graduate of Central Connecticut State University and Clark University, has been an educator and administrator in Cheshire, Plainville, and Hebron, among other places.

“After reviewing the applications, conducting extensive interview sessions and soliciting feedback from over 80 participants from both the school and the extended community, the board is confident that Dr. Veronesi brings the leadership, personal characteristics and educational background necessary to continue to enrich our educational programs and our overall student experiences here in RSD13,” said BOE chair Kerrie Flanagan.

After her appointment, Veronesi spoke about the community focus groups and surveys conducted by the BOE during the superintendent search.

“I want you to know how grateful I am to the communities of Durham and Middlefield for having their voices heard in the community assessment because it was those voices that made me know without a doubt that this is where I wanted to be,” Veronesi said.

Veronesi accepted the position while wearing earrings that once belonged to her grandmother and told the board that a lesson learned from her grandmother would define her purpose in RSD13. “There is no substitute for hard work and there is no substitute for love,” Veronesi said.

“The CORE values that you identified are the values that I have and your vision will be my vision,” Veronesi said, referring to the district’s commitment to what school officials call the “CORE ethical values” of respect, responsibility, honesty, kindness, and courage.

Veronesi began in the special education field in East Haddam. She briefly taught at Vinal Regional Technical School in Middletown before serving in Cheshire as an educational diagnostician and teacher. In 2001, she became assistant principal of Plainville Middle School and then principal of an elementary school in Hebron. She was appointed acting superintendent in Hebron from Dec. 2012 through July 2013.Veronesi will start in RSD13 on Jan. 16, 2014, leaving a position as interim principal in Marlborough. According to Flanagan, interim superintendent Dr. Ernest Perlini will assist with the transition. The job opening drew a pool of 21 candidates, with six of those gaining interviews.



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