Principal Appointed for Mauro-Sheridan School

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Superintendent's Memo to the BOE on June 9
Leadership Selection
 
Tonight’s leadership appointments, though small in number, reflect continued progress in both principal selection and organizational development – and are the tip of the iceberg of a great deal of work going on behind the scenes to solidify additional appointments.
 
Principals:
 
We are appointing one of our highest potential and most dedicated Assistant Principals to lead the Mauro-Sheridan School.  Sandy Kalizewski has an exemplary service record as an Assistant Principal at Clinton Avenue School, and strong participation in number of the districts leadership development and policy initiatives, including our District Data Team.  She was the recommended candidate from the school-based interview team, from a set of finalists with diverse backgrounds and experience.  We are confident Mrs. Kalizewski has the energy and insight to succeed from retiring principal Denise Coles Cross, and look forward to watching her take the work of Mauro Sheridan to the next level.
 
The one remaining Principal vacancy for next year is Davis Street School.  A number of finalists are in consideration, with further discussion and assessment being scheduled with the school team later this week.  We remain committed to identifying the highest quality and potential candidate to lead this important school.
 
Assistant Principals:
 
Although we are not appointing Assistant Principals tonight, the Board should know that significant work is underway to identify appointments.  A competency-based interview process was conducted in April, and now that Principals are largely selected, the final steps of AP selection have started.  Principals in schools with vacancies are interviewing candidates, and the Superintendent expects to make a set of priority AP decisions in the coming week, with more to follow before the end of the school year. 
 
Residency Positions:
 
The Personnel Report also reflects the appointment of two school residents.  Residency appointments are made for specific time periods in collaboration with educational training organizations, for specific individuals to simultaneously contribute to the work of the district and receive on the job training.  There are two residencies on the Personnel Report.  The first is in partnership with the Harvard Graduate School of Education for a Portfolio Resident, to help NHPS strengthen and improve the relationship and support between schools and central office in portfolio district.  The second is in partnership with the Broad Residency Program for Urban Education, for a School Finance Resident to support the new CFO in the design and management of strategic projects to strengthen the district’s financial systems.  The positions are subsidized, reflecting a joint investment of the sponsoring organization and the New Haven Public Schools – we will support our portion of each resident through grant funding.   We believe these two residents will have a deep and rich experience in their time in New Haven Public Schools, and that they will contribute to important work in their time with us.  In general, interest in residency from both partner organizations and residents reflects New Haven’s stature in the national school reform discussions.   
 
CANDIDATES:
Sandra Kalizewski– Principal of Mauro Sheridan School
·         Assistant Principal at Clinton Avenue School since 2008, including significant instructional, cultural, and operational leadership
·         Participant in NHPS High Potential Leadership Program
·         A high energy and high talent leader, with a dedication to New Haven Public Schools and a strong growth mindset
 
Kelly Kovaic – Portfolio Resident – Harvard Graduate School of Education
·         A doctoral candidate in Education Leadership (Ed.L.D.) at the Harvard Graduate School of Education, accepting a one-year residency in the New Haven Public Schools to work on Portfolio support to schools
·         Former California Teacher of the Year, with 10 years of teaching experience at a Charter School on the University of California, Sand Diego campus; various policy internships and responsibilities
 
Siddhartha Chowdri – School Finance Resident – Broad Residency for Urban Education
·         A participant in the Broad Residency Program for Urban Education, a two-year program for mid-career professionals transitioning into education.
·         Founding member of Accion International team in India, with eight years experience as country manager building office and microfinance investments for this international organization in India. 
 
·         Significant finance and organizational experience in this position and a range of other work experiences, and MBA from Yale School of Management