Hebron announces new superintendent of schools selection

By Melanie Savage - Staff Writer
Hebron - posted Tue., Apr. 30, 2013

The Hebron Board of Education issued a press release on April 25 announcing the selection of a new superintendent of schools for the district. Jeffrey R. Newton will take over the position in July.

Newton comes to Hebron after 13 years of experience as an educator, most recently serving as the director of special services for the Westbrook Public Schools. “Jeffrey’s experiences as a special education teacher, assistant principal and principal in an elementary school, as well as his work as a director of special services, will bring our district a well–rounded educational leader with a comprehensive background  of professional experiences to help us move the Hebron Public Schools into its next era,” said board chair Kathy Shea.

Ten candidates applied for the position of superintendent of schools, according to the BOE.  “The search committee assessed the applicant pool by referencing the leadership profile of desired characteristics and attributes for the new superintendent that was identified in the Hebron Community Assessment Report which had been compiled from school community input collected through focus groups and an online survey conducted in February,” the board's press release stated.

Newton received a bachelor’s degree in psychology at Keene State College in New Hampshire, a master’s degree in special education at Southern Connecticut State University in New Haven, and his sixth year intermediate administrative certificate at Sacred Heart University in Fairfield. He will receive his superintendent certificate at the University of Connecticut in Storrs in July of 2013.

Newton began his career as a special education teacher at Teachers Memorial Middle School in 2000. After four years as a special education teacher, his career in education progressed to assistant principal and subsequently to principal for the Dr. Charles E. Murphy School in Oakdale, Conn. Newton began working in Westbrook Public Schools as the director of special services in 2011.

Newton will serve as Hebron’s school superintendent beginning July 1, 2013. He has accepted a three year contract with the Hebron Board of Education with a base salary of $136,400 and a benefits package commensurate with other administrators serving in the Hebron school system.

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