Wallingford school board hires new pupil personnel director

Wallingford school board hires new pupil personnel director

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WALLINGFORD — The Board of Education has hired a new director of pupil personnel services to replace former director Laura Klimaszewski, who resigned last month.

The board appointed Aimee Turner, who’s been the director of special education at Thomaston Public Schools since August 2014.

Prior to that, she was the director of special education in New Fairfield for four years, as well as a director of elementary special education, an elementary education supervisor, and a special education teacher.

The pupil personnel services director coordinates special programs and services, including special education, English as a second language, and integrated preschool.

In a statement Friday, Danielle Bellizzi, assistant superintendent for personnel, said that Turner’s “thoughtful responses showed her strong knowledge of special education practices and her commitment to doing what is best for students, families, and staff.”

Turner is slated to begin July 1. Her incoming salary is $149,535, making her one of the highest-paid school district employees.

There are a couple other administrators also starting this summer.

The board voted earlier this month to hire a new principal of Mary G. Fritz Elementary School, Eric Carbone, after Mary Poisson announced in March she is stepping down from the position at the end of the school year.

The board is scheduled to interview candidates for a new director of food services, after David Mensher announced his resignation from the position in April.

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