WALLINGFORD — Assistant School Superintendent Cindy Lavalette will retire later this year after 33 years as an educator in Wallingford.
Lavalette has informed school officials of her plans to retire later this year and will officially leave the position in mid-September, School Superintendent Salvatore Menzo said. Her job was posted by the school district Tuesday.
Lavalette is the assistant superintendent for personnel, one of two assistant superintendents under Menzo, along with Carrie LaTorre, assistant superintendent for curriculum.
Lavalette, 54, is retiring to spend more time with her family, including her husband, Colin Lavalette, a longtime photography teacher at Lyman Hall who retired last year, Menzo said.
“I’m happy for her,” Menzo said Tuesday. “I’m very, very happy for her because I know she wants to enjoy her retirement and enjoy her family and she deserves that.”
Lavalette couldn’t be reached for comment Tuesday.
“Cindy is my best friend,” Menzo continued. “We’ve not only worked together professionally, but personally we’ve grown close and I will miss her dearly. She’s an incredibly talented professional and just a good person. It’s been fun to work with her.”
The school board promoted Lavalette to assistant superintendent in July 2014, moving her from the assistant principal position at Lyman Hall High School. Lavalette began teaching in 1985 as an English teacher at Lyman Hall, where she taught until she was named assistant principal in 2010.
Menzo said the board hopes to fill the position by the end of the school year in late June. Lavalette has agreed to stay on until September to help her successor transition, Menzo said.
The position’s responsibilities include working with other school officials to negotiate union contracts, reviewing staff grievances and evaluations of certified staff, and coordinating hiring of staff and mandated training for staff, according to the job posting.