WALLINGFORD — School Superintendent Salvatore Menzo announced Friday afternoon that he plans to resign from his position after 12 years leading the school district.
In a letter to staff, Menzo said he has accepted the position of superintendent of Goodwin University Magnet Schools, effective July 1.
“Now, much like our high school seniors, I, too, am preparing for a new beginning,” he said in the letter. “I am confident that I will apply what I have learned in Wallingford and continue to strive to do my best on behalf of all students, families, and staff.”
Menzo, 50, reflected on his memories, accomplishments and thanked students, families and staff.
“Together, we transformed many aspects of the district to provide incredible learning experiences,” he said. “In doing so, we generated innovation and increased the capacity in each other to ensure we were meeting the needs of all students in an equitable manner.”
Menzo came to Wallingford from the superintendent position at Marlborough Public Schools in July 2009.
He holds a doctorate in education leadership from the University of Connecticut. Before becoming superintendent in Marlborough, he was a language arts teacher in the Windham school district and served as vice principal and principal of Silas Deane Middle School in Wethersfield.
Menzo’s current salary is $203,911 — making him the highest paid town employee in Wallingford.
“During my time in Wallingford,” Menzo said in the letter, “I tried my best to be involved in both the school and town community. Attending school and community activities was so important for me as I became closer to those to whom I was dedicated.
“I am so proud of the many accomplishments of students and staff during my tenure,” he added. “From having our first State of Connecticut Teacher of the Year to State Championship athletic teams and music groups, Wallingford was in the spotlight for excellence inside and outside of the classroom. During this time, the district became more and more known throughout the state, country, and internationally due to the hard work and dedication of our Board of Education, staff members, and students, and staff.”