New Milford chooses new assistant superintendent for school district

NEW MILFORD -- A new assistant superintendent of schools is scheduled to start work Monday after the Board of Education voted this week to hire her.

Maureen E. McLaughlin was approved Tuesday night by the Board of Education for the position vacated by former Assistant Schools Superintendent Thomas Mulvihill, who retired in July after 38 years in education.

McLaughlin comes with a strong background 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 that McLaughlin's background fits the needs of New Milford schools.

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

McLaughlin most recently was interim superintendent of schools for Naugatuck public schools, following six years as assistant superintendent of schools there.

A Woodbury native, 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," McLaughlin said. "I love holding the position of assistant superintendent.

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

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