Board of Education names new assistant superintendent

BROOKFIELD - After spending the past few months as acting assistant superintendent for the town's school system, Barbara Canavan has been named to the job permanently.

At the
Board of Education 's meeting Wednesday night, Canavan was appointed in a 4-1 vote. Jerry Friedrich abstained. Canavan will work with curriculum, personnel and the schools' budget. "It will be a combination of different aspects of jobs," Canavan said. "I'm actually excited about the opportunity." She admitted she had been unsure about taking on the position full-time. She spent four years as director of instruction, delving into various aspects of teaching and learning, immersing herself in schools and students. Canavan took over as interim superintendent following the departure of Gary Alger
. Alger retired and took a job as a professor at the University of Bridgeport . Canavan had been interim assistant superintendent since September 2004. The director of instruction position was eliminated through budget cuts. Before taking the director of instruction position, Canavan spent 10 years as principal of Center Elementary School . Prior to that, she was assistant principal of Huckleberry School for 2½ years, working with Alger, who was principal. Canavan hopes that by taking on the assistant superintendent job permanently, she will be able to spend more time in the schools. "It's been exciting, Canavan said. "It's been a big year in terms of personnel." The school system has overseen the hiring of two principals - one at Center School and another at Huckleberry Hill Elementary School . Canavan said a couple of teaching positions will open this summer. School Board Chairman Matt Grimes said Canavan is an ideal fit for the job. "I'm sure she'll do a great job, she has grown well professionally over the last year," Grimes said. Canavan takes over the position officially on July 1.

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