PLAINVILLE —School Superintendent Maureen Brummett has announced her resignation to become the head of Newington’s school district.
“I'm certainly not leaving Plainville with anything but the highest regard for the system,” said Brummett, who will begin her new job July 1.
The 20-year veteran of Plainville Schools became superintendent in April 2016 after being named the assistant superintendent in 2010. She had previously served as special education director.
Newington has about 4,000 students, compared to about 2,800 in Plainville. Newington is also the town where Brummett attended school.
Brummett is proud of the advancements made in areas like science, technology, engineering, arts and math. She also mentioned the Makerspace program and all-day universal pre-school.
“Those are really making a difference with students,” she said, adding that both Linden Street and Toffolon Elementary Schools were named schools of distinction in the recent statewide accountability report.
Board of Education Chairwoman Deborah Hardy said the board is saddened to see her depart, but understands that Newington provides her with new opportunities.
“I'm very happy she's found something where she can progress,” she said.
One internal candidate is already being considered for the position, Hardy said.
A colleague recommended Brummett to a consultant hired by Newington to find a new superintendent after the resignation of William Collins in June 2018.
“We all were nervous at the beginning of this process that we would be forced to simply choose the best of the candidates who applied,” said Board of Education Chairperson Joshua C. Shulman in a statement. “Once we reviewed Dr. Brummett’s resume and had the opportunity to meet with her, it was obvious we found all we were hoping for and more. We are confident she is going to be an excellent fit in Newington and help move our schools forward.”
Plainville Town Manager Robert Lee said Brummett played a valuable role in working with town officials, an improvement which saved taxpayers money and kept the Town Council and public informed about the school system.
“I think she really embraced the school-town partnership … and I think that greatly benefited us over the past several years in terms of our budgeting, in terms of our capital plans,” he said.
Brummett said it was the close connections that she could foster in a small town that kept her in the district for so long.
“With Plainville I've been here long enough (that) I know all the teachers, I know a lot of the kids … and there's a certain comfort with that,” she said. “It’s been a really good relationship (with Plainville) so that’s why I stayed here as long as I did.”