Zamary named new school superintendent

School officials did not have to go far when searching for a permanent superintendent, tabbing present assistant superintendent Dr. Jack Zamary as the town’s next top educator.

Newly named Monroe Superintendent of Schools Dr. Jack Zamary with John Battista, present interim school superintendent.

The Board of Education approved Zamary’s promotion during its meeting Monday, less than two months after the board created a superintendent search committee to find a replacement for the retiring interim Superintendent of Schools John Battista. Zamary, a Newtown resident, will officially take the reins July 1, 2018, after Battista’s retirement.

“I feel truly fortunate to be here,” said Zamary to a round of applause from those at the board meeting in the Masuk High School library. “This is a special district in so many ways. The students are truly exceptional. The staff’s professionalism and dedication is second to none, and this leadership team is truly amazing. I am very fortunate to continue to help lead this (district).”

Board Chair Donna Lane said, before the search committee looked to spend significant money to hire an outside firm in its quest for a new superintendent, it first turned its attention to Zamary — and that interview was more than enough to seal the deal.

“After our first meeting with Jack, it was obviously clear, from his experience and what he brings to the table, that he was the person we wanted to lead the Monroe school district after John retires on June 30, 2018,” said Lane. “(Zamary) brings a wealth of knowledge and leadership skills. We are very happy he accepted our offer to be our superintendent.”

Zamary was named assistant superintendent earlier this year, after Battista, who had stated his intention to retire, was elevated to interim superintendent in the wake of Jim Agostine’s retirement. Prior to the assistant superintendent post, Zamary spent more than five years as the district’s director of IT and operations.

Zamary earned his doctorate in educational leadership from Southern Connecticut State University and both his bachelors of science in music education and master’s in music from the University of Connecticut.

Zamary came to the Monroe school district in 2012 from Middlebury Elementary School, where he was principal for 10 years. Prior to that post, Zamary was director of fine arts at Pomperaug Regional School District 15 from 1992 to 1998; band director at Newtown High School from 1992 to 1998; and band director at Danbury High School from 1988 to 1992.

“I am very, very happy for the Monroe school system to have Jack Zamary as superintendent,” said board member Shannon Monaco, adding that Zamary has “all the qualities we were all looking for in a candidate.” I’m so excited for this district.”

“When you have good, qualified, educated people within the staff, and it is clear we do, it is important to hire from within,” said board member David Ferris. “It was important to look inside first and not ignore the talent we have right here under our noses.”

The superintendent search committee included all Board of Education members as well as Marie Blake, representing the teachers, Jack Ceccolini, representing the administrators, and Christa DeLeo, representing the parents.

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