The Board of Education named David Levenduski, supervisor of instruction and learning with Meriden Schools, to be the next assistant superintendent for Plainville Community Schools.
"I'm extremely excited to take this next step in my career and I'm so happy it will be in Plainville. Everything I've learned through this process has been so positive with this district that I couldn't be more excited to help contribute to all the successes that Plainville is having right now, and then to help them build towards the future," said Levenduski, who was unanimously appointed during a special board meeting on Aug. 15.
“I think it’s going to be a positive addition,” board member Foster White said.
Levenduski is leaving Meriden after more than 20 years working at every grade level and various positions across the teaching and administrative spectrum. As the supervisor of instruction and learning, he helped build professional learning communities, where he trained educators in creating and using data systems that are uniform across the schools.
"One of (my) strengths is I have varied experience across all levels. So I have experiences from teaching to administration; I've worked at all levels, from elementary to middle to high school. Teaching and administrative and now, my former position was that district-wide lens," he said.
Superintendent Steven LePage said Levenduski’s well-rounded experiences made him the best candidate for the position, out of 50 applicants and 10 interviewees.
“We had tremendous candidates internal and external who bring tremendous skill potential to the district, but you have to look at who’s best for the district,” LePage said. “It was a very hard decision, but I think David made it easier.”
A contract has yet to be formed for Levenduski, however LePage believes he will be able to begin work in Plainville before the Aug. 28 convocation. He said Meriden Superintendent Mark Benigni has been flexible and anticipates that Levenduski will be able to gradually shift into his new responsibilities in Plainville over the coming weeks.
“I'm looking forward to the community meeting with David and working with him,” LePage said.
Levenduski obtained his superintendent’s certificate from UConn in June 2019 and, while looking for districts that were hiring administrators, he said he was quickly drawn to Plainville.
"One of the things that really stood out to me in Plainville was in their name: Plainville Community Schools,” he said. “From just reading that and looking more into the district and then through the interview process and meeting more of the members of this community, that term really was true. It's a community partner.”