Vernon Schools names new Assistant Superintendent

By Steve Smith - Staff Writer
Vernon - posted Fri., Apr. 26, 2013
Jeffrey Burt was approved by the Vernon Board of Education on April 22. Photo by Steve Smith.
Jeffrey Burt was approved by the Vernon Board of Education on April 22. Photo by Steve Smith.

Jeffrey Burt was named Assistant Superintendent for the Vernon school system at the Board of Education's meeting on April 22 at Northeast School. The board voted unanimously to hire Burt after a recommendation by Superintendent Dr. Mary Conway.

Burt, a resident of Madison, was most recently social studies curriculum leader in the Fairfield School System, and was previously an assistant principal in Montville. He also taught in the Darien school system and in Dobbs Ferry, N.Y.

Burt received his sixth year professional diploma in administration and supervision from Sacred Heart University in Fairfield, and is near the completion of his education leadership program certification at the University of Connecticut.

Conway said Burt has a bachelor's degree in history and a masters in social studies from Columbia University and was also the Fairfield district's coordinator for instructional technology and K-12 library media coordinator.

“He has outstanding recommendations, energy and enthusiasm,” Conway said. “He has a true desire to work with curriculum instruction and assessment, which is what this position is.”

Among his list of accomplishments on his resume, Burt includes that he changed the scope and sequence of social studies courses in grades 9-12 and acquired Board of Education approval to increase the social studies graduation requirement.

Burt said he hopes to meet individually with each member of the board over the coming months and thanked them for the opportunity. “I am very excited about being here and working with the folks here in Vernon,” Burt said. “I'm looking forward to the many opportunities and challenges that are ahead of us.”

Burt will be replacing Assistant Superintendent Deborah Murasso, who is retiring after 36 years of working for Vernon Public Schools. Murasso began as an English teacher at Rockville High School, and later became coordinator of reading and language arts.

“I'm excited to be joining my husband in retirement,” Murasso said. Murasso said there will be a cross-over period where she and Burt will be working together to ensure a successful transition – the details of which have yet to be worked out.

The interview process included an online application process, after which a two-phase interview process took place. The first included a committee of teachers and administrators from the school district, and the second included the superintendent and Board of Education members. Burt, the only finalist to clear both processes was then recommended to the Board of Education.

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