SOUTHINGTON — The Board of Education named the principal of a New Haven magnet school as the new leader of Southington High School.
“I'm humbled by the opportunity,” new SHS Prinicipal Michael Crocco told the school board during a special meeting Thursday. “When I met with the board the other day, it just felt like a natural fit and I'm really humbled by the faith that you have in me."
Crocco, who will start in his new position Aug. 9, will earn $172,416 annually.
He was chosen by a unanimous vote, with many of the board members responding “absolutely yes” during the roll call. Chairperson Terri Carmody said Crocco will bring enthusiasm to the new job.
Crocco was interviewed by board members, administrators and teachers before he was named. During the interviews, he highlighted the importance of family in his role as an educator, both his own family — who made an appearance during Thursday’s virtual meeting — and the families of students.
"One thing you said the other night Mr. Crocco was that you feel renewed and recharged when you go into a classroom and you're with students,” board member Colleen Clark said.
Prior to becoming principal of Metropolitan Business Academy, a high school level magnet school in New Haven, Crocco served as talent director for New Haven Public Schools. Prior jobs also include principal of Barnard Environmental Studies Magnet School in New Haven and assistant principal at Hill Central School in New Haven.
He studied special education at Southern Connecticut State University, earning his master’s degree in 2004. According to an announcement from Southington Public Schools, Crocco went on to receive both his Connecticut Administrative Certification and Connecticut Superintendent Certification from the University of Connecticut Executive Leadership Program in 2017.
“Mr. Crocco brings a wealth of teaching and leadership experience across all levels of education, ranging from elementary to central office,” the announcement said.