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Karen Veilleux, Technology Director for Southington Schools, sits at her desk surrounded by two desktop computers, a Chromebook laptop, and her iPad in her office in Municipal Center in Southington, July 30, 2013. Veilleux oversees all the information technology and device technology needs and policies of the Southington school system. | (Christopher Zajac / Record-Journal Staff)

Southington schools’ IT director leaving for Wallingford

Karen Veilleux, the information technology director for Southington schools, will take the same position in the Wallingford school system.

The Wallingford Board of Education voted Monday night to appoint Veilleux as the school system’s IT director, School Superintendent Salvatore Menzo said Tuesday.

“She’ll be a great fit,” Menzo said. “She’s really brought Southington to a whole different level in terms of technology. We’re looking forward to her transition.”

Veilleux fills a vacancy left by Randall Backus, who left Wallingford to become the chief technology officer for Newington schools.

Her first day in Wallingford is Oct. 1, Menzo said, and her salary will be $106,085. Her salary in Southington for the 2014-15 school year was $98,750.

“It just seemed to be the right time to look for a change. My kids are getting a little older and it was easy to stay in town when my kids were young. It was convenient,” Veilleux said of her decision to apply to Wallingford. “They’re more independent now. The opportunity came up now and it’s definitely exciting. It looked like it would be a great fit.”

Veilleux added that the similarities between the Southington and Wallingford school systems attracted her to the position.

“It’s a size, district-wise, that I’m used to and comfortable with,” Veilleux said.

Veilleux worked in the Southington school system for 27 years. Her career began after graduating from Western Connecticut State University with a degree in management information systems and taking a job as Southington’s “system coordinator” in 1987, she said.

“I couldn’t tell you the type of technology we had in 1987,” the 49-year-old Southington resident said, laughing. “Even when you compare the changes we have made in the last five years, the growth of technology has been exponential.”

Throughout her tenure in Southington, she’s overseen and worked on a number of large projects. She worked with the Middle School Building Committee on developing a technology package for Kennedy and DePaolo middle schools, which are undergoing complete renovations. She also worked on the school system’s Bring Your Own Device initiative.

“I know they’ll carry on in my absence,” Veilleux said, “but I’m really proud of all the work we accomplished here in Southington.”

Like other school systems across the state, Wallingford is focused on using more technology in the classroom. The school system has more than 1,200 Google Chromebooks for students to use for school work and a variety of projects.

“They’re doing some innovative things in Wallingford,” Veilleux said. “I’m hoping I can bring them to the next level with that.” (203) 317-2235 Twitter: @EricVoRJ

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