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GHS special ed administrator takes job in Norwalk

August 23, 2018

GREENWICH — After three years as the special education program administrator for Greenwich High School, Chantelle Palumbo is leaving to take the position of middle school special education supervisor for the Norwalk Public Schools, effective Sept. 14.

Her departure is the latest in a string of departures and transfers the district has announced from March to August. Six staff members have left the district, 11 teachers and administrators have swapped rolls and two other positions remain open in the Greenwich Public Schools.

“For the past three years, it has been rewarding to serve the students in Greenwich,” Palumbo said. “I have had valuable experiences working with students, colleagues and families. I will miss the Greenwich community, and am thankful for the connections I have made.”

The search for a new special education program administrator will begin immediately.

“Chantelle has been valuable member of the GHS leadership team,” Interim GHS Headmaster Rick Piotrzkowski said. “We wish her the best of luck at Norwalk public schools.”

Before coming to Greenwich, Palumbo spent eight years as the department head for special education with the Connecticut Technical High School System.

Palumbo also served as the equity and Title IX coordinator in Hamden, and spent 10 years as a special education teacher at Montville Alternative High School in Montville.

The Greenwich school district is reviewing and restructuring how it is organized as it fills six vacancies left open this year. The changes are within the town’s approved budgetary and staffing allocations for the 2018-19 school year.

“Each of these appointments provide opportunities for Greenwich Public Schools staff to grow and expand their leadership skills and experience,” Director of Communications for Greenwich Public Schools Kim Eves said in a statement.

When former Eastern Middle School Ralph Mayo accepted the position of interim superintendent after Jill Gildea’s sudden departure after one year, the district made a succession of transfers.

Also, former GHS Headmaster Chris Winters accepted a position as the head of Greenwich Country Day Upper School, and his assistant, Richard “Rick” Piotrzkowski, succeeded him. The district is still searching for Piotrzkowksi’s replacement.

In the elementary schools, the assistant principals from Cos Cob, North Street and Glenville schools swapped places, causing parents to protest the changes.

Greenwich Public Schools also eliminated two positions after two administrators accepted positions outside the district.

jo.kroeker@hearstmediact.com

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