BRISTOL - The Board of Education has unanimously chosen Catherine Carbone to be the new superintendent as of July 1. She will take over from Susan Moreau, who is retiring as superintendent on June 30.
The school board made the announcement after a special meeting Tuesday night, referring to Carbone as “a former and well respected principal at Chippens Hill Middle School” in a statement.
The statement read:
“Dr. Carbone has served in numerous roles throughout her educational career; taking on increasingly more responsible positions in several districts, from teacher to assistant principal, principal, central office administrator, to her current position as assistant superintendent for the Bristol Public Schools. Before returning to Bristol, she managed a significant portfolio of schools for the Hartford School District and worked on developing strategic partnerships within the community.
Dr. Carbone shares the Bristol Board of Education’s vision to raise student achievement, close the achievement gap, increase family and community engagement and find ways to increase resources from private and public sources.
After selection by the Bristol Board of Education, Dr. Carbone thanked the commissioners for the opportunity to serve the Bristol community and vowed to partner with families and school and district leaders to ensure all students have access to rigorous student-centered learning environments and diverse extracurricular offerings.
The Bristol Board of Education unanimously endorsed the selection of Dr. Carbone and she our full support and confidence.”
Last March Carbone was named assistant superintendent, to fill a position left vacant after Moreau replaced Ellen Solek as superintendent.
“Dr. Kate Carbone is a very familiar face. She was the principal of Chippens Hill Middle School from 2006 until 2013, during which time Chippens Hill was named Middle School of the Year by the Connecticut Association of Schools,” Moreau said at that time.
“During her tenure as principal as CHMS, Kate Carbone proved herself to be an outside-the-box problem solver, and strong disciplinarian,” said David Hayes, president of the Bristol Federation of Teachers, in a prepared statement after Carbone was named assistant superintendent.
“Both qualities are welcome and needed here in Bristol,” Hayes said then. “I’ve talked with many teachers the past few days who are glad to have her back. I’m looking forward to working with her again.”
Carbone received her doctorate in educational leadership from the University of Connecticut in 2015. She earned her superintendent certificate from Central Connecticut State University in 2009, her certificate of administration and supervision from Southern Connecticut State University in 1999, her master’s degree in upper intermediate education from SCSU in 1994, and her bachelor’s degree in elementary education/sociology from Assumption College in 1989.
She started her career as a middle school science teacher at St. Rita School in Hamden, and went on to teach in the Region 16 District and East Hartford, then serving as assistant principal and principal at East Hartford Middle School.
After leaving Chippens Hill in 2013, she went on to serve as assistant superintendent for instructional leadership in Hartford, moving up to her current position as chief of elementary and middle grades programming in 2017.
Susan Corica can be reached at 860-973-1802 or firstname.lastname@example.org.