The Madison Board of Education has named Thomas Scarice, the assistant superintendent of Weston Public Schools, as the new superintendent for Madison Public Schools.
Scarice, who started his career in education as a school counselor, has also had extensive experience in special education, and as a school principal.
He said Friday night, en route from Weston to his home in Cheshire, that he was happy in his job at Weston, but couldn't pass up the opportunity to apply for the top spot in the Madison school system.
Madison is similar to Weston in that both have "outstanding school systems"
"I actually have really admired the Madison Public School District for quite some time," he said. "I'm familiar with the district. I have a couple of colleagues who work in the district, and when the opportunity presented itself, I just couldn't pass it up."
Scarice said Madison is similar to Weston in that both have outstanding school systems.
"I know that there has been administration after administration there of very high quality," he said. "To stand on those shoulders and take it to the next level is an opportunity I am looking forward to."
Madison Board of Education cites Scarice's experience, expertise
Madison's former superintendent, David Klein, resigned in July 2011, effective September 2011, to take a job as superintendent / Head of School of The Norwich Free Academy (NFA), a privately endowed, independent high school.
The Board of Education released the following statement Friday afternoon:
The Madison Board of Education is pleased to announce that after an extensive search, Mr. Thomas R. Scarice has been selected as the new Superintendent of Schools. Mr. Scarice is currently the Assistant Superintendent of Weston Public Schools. Prior to his experience in Weston, he was Principal of Two Rivers Magnet Middle School. Along with his administrative experience, his background includes special education and counseling.
Last fall, as part of the search process, staff and community members participated in surveys and focus groups to identify the criteria most important for a Madison Superintendent. Mr. Scarice’s qualifications are an excellent match.
When asked to comment on his new position, Mr. Scarice said “I am honored and excited to join the Madison team. The Madison Public Schools have a long-standing tradition of excellence. We will build on that tradition and continue to deliver the quality of programs and services that are expected in Madison.”
A special meeting of the Board of Education will be held on March 13, when Mr. Scarice will be officially appointed. A reception will be held to introduce Mr. Scarice to the community following the Board meeting.
Weston school officials say they are confident Scarice will excel in Madison
A statement from Weston Public Schools said Scarice's appointment would be effective following an agreement on compensation.
“Weston is losing a superlative instructional leader and innovator," said , superintendent of schools, in a prepared release. "It was inevitable that someone with Tom’s talent would be elevated to superintendent, and I am confident that Tom will excel in his new position.”
Mr. Scarice joined in 2008, and has had four years as assistant superintendent. Among his accomplishments, Scarice in collaboration with his colleagues reviewed and improved Weston’s curricula, instituted the new performance and evaluation plan for teachers, and launched the Academic Innovation and Measurement initiative.
"Sorry to see him leave"
"Scarice’s leadership, passion, and skill have been fundamental drivers for the continuous improvement of Weston’s schools, and he will be greatly missed," the press release says.
“Tom is an outstanding assistant superintendent, and we will be very sorry to see him leave," said Philip Schaefer, chairman of the Weston Board of Education, in a prepared release.
"Tom has been integral to the success of Weston’s instructional and curricular improvements, and we thank him for all of his hard work. We will immediately begin Weston’s search for a new assistant superintendent to facilitate a smooth transition of leadership.”