There's a new assistant superintendent in town

A new assistant superintendent of schools starts work Monday in New Milford.

Maureen E. McLaughlin was hired Tuesday by the Board of Education. She comes with a background strong in curriculum development and student writing geared for CMT/CAPT testing.

"What is appealing is her background as a reading and writing specialist," said JeanAnn Paddyfote, superintendent of schools. "She has the attributes to address issues around curriculum and improving our test scores."

Board of Education chairman Lisa Diamond also found Dr. McLaughlin's background fits the needs of New Milford schools.

"She comes with a lot of experience in education," Dr. Diamond said, "and she seems very nice -- both important attributes."

Dr. McLaughlin fills the position left vacant when the former assistant superintendent, Thomas Mulvihill, retired in July after 38 years in education.

Dr. McLaughlin's most recent employment was as interim superintendent of schools, following six years as assistant superintendent of schools, with Naugatuck public schools.

A Woodbury resident, she said she looks forward to being part of the New Milford school district's administrative team.

"New Milford has a reputation of being a fine school system," Dr. McLaughlin said. "I love holding the position of assistant superintendent.

"Someone once said to be an administrator you need to have a balcony view," she added. "I have been told I have that view: I can see the big picture and where we need to go. Hopefully, I'll find the answers to get us there."