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OLD SAYBROOK - On July 1, her first day at the job, Old Saybrook's new Superintendent of Schools Jan Perruccio was eager to jump right in to the work.
Her first day was filled with introductions as well as serious work meetings with district administrators. By early afternoon, she was meeting with school administrators to discuss district progress and plans for implementing Common Core State Standards.
What type of tasks does the district face to implement Common Core? One key element is a newly mandated staff evaluation model tied to Common Core and mandated by the state's school reform initiative. The initiative requires more teacher observations than before and that evaluations include an element linked to student performance data.
Then there's teaching the Common Core-based content units and training teachers to deliver them. And students need to be prepared to demonstrate their mastery of Common Core units in greater depth in new multi-step performance tasks. New standardized multi-state tests called Smarter Balanced Assessments based on the Common Core will be administered to Connecticut students starting in spring 2015.
Perrucio said she's ready and eager to tackle these new and complex tasks.
She was selected from a field of 17 candidates by the Old Saybrook Board of Education in April. She succeeds former superintendent Joseph Onofrio, who retired in June 2012. Heston Sutman, the district's director of instruction, curriculum, and assessment, served as interim superintendent of schools last school year while the board conducted a search for Onofrio's replacement.
Perrucio comes to Old Saybrook from her previous post serving as assistant superintendent for personnel in the Wallingford Public Schools.
In her 24-year career as an educator, Perruccio taught English and served as English Department chairperson at Cheshire High School, was assistant principal at Cochinaug Regional High School in Durham, and for six years, was the principal of Lyme-Old Lyme High School.
Her educational background includes having earned a bachelor's degree in English education, a master's degree in education with a focus on reading instruction, and a sixth-year degree in educational leadership. She earned her superintendent certificate from Central Connecticut State University in New Britain.
The contract negotiated between the Board of Education and Perruccio includes a salary for the 2013-'14 school year of $163,500 and a 10 percent annuity payment of $16,350 to Perruccio's 403(b) retirement account.