PLAINVILLE — The Board of Education has selected Assistant Superintendent of Schools Steven LePage to replace Superintendent of Schools Maureen Brummett, who is leaving to lead Newington’s school system at the end of next month.
LePage said he’s aiming for continuity and expanding the opportunities that he, Brummett and the faculty have worked to offer students.
"This town offers so much for so many,” LePage said. “While resources are scarce, we have programs that many other districts don't have because we have the vision to create them and find creative ways to fund them."
After the unanimous vote to appoint LePage on May 13, the school board formed a four-member committee to draft a contract. He will start his new duties July 1.
LePage, 48, said he and the board intend to fill the assistant superintendent position, but due to the $100,000 budget reduction passed by the Town Council last week will hold off until as late as September.
His promotion came at Brummett’s recommendation at the May 13 meeting.
"I just want to say that you've made the absolute right decision to ensure that our very special school district continues to move in a very positive direction," Brummett told the board.
LePage came to the district in 2010 to serve as principal of Plainville High School and was promoted to assistant superintendent in 2016. He’s an active member of the Plainville Rotary Club, having recently joined an effort to renovate the home of a local Vietnam war veteran, and believes creating a community of parents, students and educators brings the best outcomes for children.
"I'm looking forward to establishing myself as a superintendent who walks the walk,” he said. “Who says that he cares about everyone in the community and then shows it through my actions.”
Growing up in a family which teetered on the edge of the poverty line, LePage said he understands how education can give students new opportunities.
"I've been working since I was very young and I understand the importance of education as a lever to future success, because that's the only way that ... I've earned success,” he said. "We have a fairly significant number of students who are much like I was when I was a student. They don't have some of the advantages of others, so I'm looking forward to helping all students to elevate their future through education.”