RIDGEFIELD, Conn. -- Karen Berasi, assistant superintendent of special services for the Ridgefield school system, is leaving to become the superintendent in Suffield.
Berasi worked in Ridgefield for seven years, first as director of special education before advancing to her current position.
Berasi is replacing Karen Baldwin, who resigned from the post in Suffield in December to take the job of superintendent in Ridgefield to replace retiring Superintendent Deborah Low.
The Suffield Board of Education made the announcement in a statement at the district's website.
"Following a successful introduction to dozens of Suffield school community 'key communicators,' the Board of Education has offered Karen Berasi the position of superintendent for the Suffield Public Schools," the board said in a statement.
“The board is thrilled to welcome back a respected and admired educator and friend to the Suffield School Family. Karen Berasi comes to the superintendency after a long career focused on building relationships with children, families, and communities," the statement said. "We are excited to partner with Karen in support of Suffield’s work to continue providing an exceptional and dynamic school environment for our students.”
The school board expects to appoint Berasi as superintendent at their its regularly scheduled board meeting on Tuesday, May 5.
Berasi previously served as director of pupil personnel services in Suffield.
The school board hired Trumbull-based Cooperative Educational Services to conduct the search for a new superintendent.
Fourteen candidates submitted applications for the position, including seven who interviewed with the search committee.
Berasi’s educational career spans more than 40 years, beginning as a speech language pathologist serving in school districts in Ohio, California, and Washington before moving to Connecticut in 1999. She emerged as a strong candidate for the Suffield superintendency and became a finalist for the position.
Once contract terms are agreed to and Berasi is appointed, she will begin her new post as superintendent during the summer.
She will resign from her position in Ridgefield and plans to relocate to the Suffield area.
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