WALLINGFORD — The Board of Education appointed Eric Carbone as the next principal of Mary G. Fritz Elementary School.
Carbone was an assistant principal at Dag Hammarskjold Middle School from 2010 to 2012. He has been principal at Peck Place School in Orange since 2012.
Carbone begins July 1. His starting salary is $146,821.
Current Fritz Principal Mary Poisson is stepping down at the end of the school year to take an administrative position in Glastonbury Public Schools.
Poisson has been principal at the Yalesville school since 2016. She oversaw the transition of the school’s name in 2017 to honor longtime state Rep. Mary Fritz, who died in July 2016.
The school board interviewed Carbone and two other candidates during a meeting Thursday evening before making the appointment.
Karen Hlavac, the board’s operations committee chairman, said members considered input from parents, teachers and administrators.
Prior to working at Dag, Carbone was an assistant principal at Mary E. Griswold Elementary School in Berlin for four years. He also taught language arts and social studies in Monroe for nine years in grades 5 and 6.
In a statement Friday, Danielle Bellizzi, assistant superintendent for personnel, said Carbone's thoughtful responses during the interview process “showed his genuine passion for placing student needs first.”
“His strong knowledge of instructional practice, mixed with his respect for students, families, and staff made him stand out from the other candidates,” she said.
Bellizzi said the school district plans to provide an opportunity for the staff and families of Fritz to meet Carbone prior to the end of the school year in June.