Montgomery leader named superintendent of schools in Hartford, Conn.

One of Montgomery County’s top school leaders has been named superintendent of schools in Hartford, Conn.

The Hartford board of education voted 8 to 1 Monday night to select Beth Schiavino-Narvaez, one of three deputy superintendents in Montgomery County, for the top job in Hartford, according to Hartford schools spokesman David Medina.

In Montgomery, Schiavino-Narvaez, 41, serves with deputy superintendents Larry A. Bowers and Kimberly A. Statham. Her office oversees the district’s 202 schools, supervises principals and coordinates support to schools through six associate superintendents.

“I am honored to have been selected as the next superintendent of Hartford Public Schools and look forward to starting my new position in July,” she said in a written statement after the vote. “I have sincerely enjoyed my time in Montgomery County Public Schools and look forward to continuing my work here for the rest of the school year.”

She called Montgomery “an excellent school district” and said she had learned “a tremendous amount” from colleagues and students.

The Hartford school board’s resolution Monday authorized the board’s chairman to negotiate a three-year contract with Schiavino-Narvaez, including a base salary of about $250,000, Medina said.

Schiavino-Narvaez was chosen from a field of 59 candidates, with 13 ultimately named as semi-finalists. Two finalists were asked to participate in community forums last week: Schiavino-Narvaez and Ronald G. Taylor, superintendent of schools in Willingboro, N.J.

Schiavino-Narvaez has worked in Montgomery County since 2011, when she was hired by Montgomery County Superintendent Joshua P. Starr as a community superintendent. The two had worked together in Stamford, Conn., when Starr was superintendent there.

As a community superintendent in Montgomery, Schiavino-Narvaez oversaw the Northeast consortium and Sherwood clusters of schools. She was promoted to deputy superintendent in 2012.

Schiavino-Narvaez said in a statement to The Hartford Courant that she was committed to making Hartford public schools “the best city school system in America.”

Hartford is an urban district, with more than 90 percent of its students receiving free and reduced price meals, an indicator of poverty. It has 51 schools and more than 21,000 students.

Donna St. George writes about education, with an emphasis on Montgomery County schools.
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