Wallingford school board creates assistant superintendent position for special education head

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WALLINGFORD — The Board of Education approved a change in title this week for the district-wide head of special education, creating a third assistant superintendent position.

Aimee Turner, who has been the director of pupil personnel services for two years, was made the assistant superintendent of special education.

The move on Thursday takes Turner out of the Educational Administrators’ Association of Wallingford, the town’s school administrators union.

Turner oversees two administrators in her department. Before the change, she was unable to evaluate and supervise those individuals because they were in the same bargaining unit, Superintendent Salvatore Menzo said Thursday.

“We had to take it out of the union,” he said, “but we can't call it the same thing, because it has already existed in the union. So we had to come up with a different title and, (after) meeting with our attorney, the only title that would be accepted would be assistant superintendent of special ed.”

The change to an administrator pay level comes with a $5,000 annual salary increase for Turner.

The job duties are similar, with the most significant exception being that Turner is now able to evaluate other administrators. She was already evaluating teachers.

Menzo said the head of special education is “a key member of our core team,” attending central office staff meetings and school board meetings like the two other assistant superintendents, Danielle Bellizzi and Carrie LaTorre.

The district has been considering the change for the past few years, Menzo said.

There are now seven administrative positions in the Wallingford school district not represented by a union — the superintendent, the three assistant superintendents, the business manager, the food services director and the superintendent’s secretary.

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