SOUTHINGTON — The Board of Education chose Steve Madancy to lead the district after school superintendent Tim Connellan retires this summer.
Connellan announced his retirement on Feb. 8. After executive session meetings about his replacement, the Board of Education voted unanimously Thursday night to promote Madancy, the district’s assistant superintendent.
Terri Carmody, board chairwoman, said she gathered the board to work on finding the next superintendent after hearing about Connellan’s retirement.
“Our unanimous vote is certainly indicative of our confidence and appreciation of the leadership Steve has shown over the last few years,” she said. “His goal has always been and I know it will continue to be, to prepare our students to be college and career ready.”
Madancy was hired as assistant superintendent in 2015 from his position as principal of John F. Kennedy Middle School. Madancy’s promotion came as Karen Smith, former assistant superintendent, retired.
Madancy was hired in 2012 to replace Angelo Campagnano as Kennedy principal.
On Thursday, the newly-appointed superintendent said he’d done some thinking and reflecting on the job opportunity before saying yes.
“It’s a lot of responsibility that I don’t take lightly,” he said. “It means a lot to have full support going into this position.”
Board members praised Madancy’s work as a district administrator, saying those nine years were an on-the-job interview.
“We’ve seen some amazing work,” said Zaya Oshana, a board member.
Oshana also credited Connellan with putting together a talented team of top school officials.
“A solid succession plan is the sign of a very well managed team,” he said.
David Derynoski, a board member, said Madancy’s dedication to education had been apparent since he started in the district.
“He has proven he has not let the board down, he has not let the district down,” Derynoski said. “Thank you for accepting the position. You’ve earned it.”
Madancy’s salary will be $196,000. Connellan earns more than $200,000.
The meeting was held via phone and video conference. Madancy’s family, including relatives from Rhode Island, attended.