New assistant principal named for Norton, Chapman schools in Cheshire 

CHESHIRE — Two schools have a new administrator joining their ranks next school year. Late last month, the Board of Education unanimously approved the promotion of Kathy Carlucci to the position of assistant principal for Norton and Chapman elementary Schools.

Carlucci had previously been at Dodd Middle School as an eighth grade teacher. 

“If you recall, we sat in this room two months ago and discussed our plan to bounce forward as a school system,” Superintendent of Schools Jeff Solan explained to the Board of Education during the June 28 meeting. “… Our assessment data throughout this year is actually as good as it’s historically been in language arts and we wouldn’t have been able to do any of that without our incredible team, which we are now going to be adding to.”

According to Solan, Carlucci has a “tremendous track record of excellence.” 

“(Carlucci) has co-facilitated the Washington, D.C., trip for many years and, wherever she’s been in the school system, she’s demonstrated herself to be a leader amongst her peers. … She has been a team leader at Dodd for the past six years,” he said. 

Solan said that while there were other candidates who applied for the dual assistant principal position, Carlucci was considered to be the best choice. 

“I am so excited to be part of these schools and learning from such great role models at both Norton and Chapman,” Carlucci told The Herald. “I am also excited to advise and guide the new younger teachers and learn from them as well.”

Prior to arriving in Cheshire, she was an educator in the Greenwich, Easton, and Redding School Districts. She also served as a substitute teacher at Cheshire High School before taking a position as a Language Arts teacher at Dodd Middle School, which she has held for the last seven years. 

“She has had tons of experience (in the other districts). She is exactly who we want in a position like this,” Solan added. 

As assistant principal for both schools, Carlucci will take on a lot of added responsibilities, which Solan believes she can easily handle. 

“When we look at the needs of each building, there is definitely more to do with a focus on supporting students academically after the pandemic,” Solan said, in an email. “That being said, we didn’t feel that there was enough demand to warrant a full-time position in each building at this time.” 

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