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Norwich assistant superintendent named to head Hebron schools

Norwich Assistant Schools Superintendent Thomas Baird was named superintendent in Hebron Thursday night.

Baird, who will begin his new job in January, has worked in Norwich since July 2015, when he was named curriculum director. He was named assistant superintendent a year ago.

Baird, who lives in nearby Glastonbury, will take over a school district with two elementary schools that sends middle and high school students to the Regional Hebron, Andover, Marlborough (RHAM) middle and high school.

Baird said he was attracted to the district because of its focus on teaching and learning that reflects both his strengths and his core educational beliefs. The district uses the Readers and Writers Workshop, which Norwich also uses, and Hebron is working on a STEAM integration program. In Norwich, Baird helped usher magnet theme programs to several schools, including a STEAM program to the Kelly Middle School.

Baird informed the Norwich Board of Education Tuesday of his pending departure but said he could not name the district until the appointment became official Thursday.

— Claire Bessette

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