MERIDEN — Throughout its assembly final week, the Board of Schooling was launched to the district’s new supervisor of particular training, Laurie Labato-DiTomasso.
DiTomasso is a veteran educator within the district, having begun her profession as a particular training trainer in 2004. She labored at numerous colleges throughout her tenure — Nathan Hale, Benjamin Franklin and Hanover elementary colleges. For her dedication to training, the district acknowledged her as Trainer of the 12 months in 2015. She additionally served beforehand as a district-wide studying specialist.
After leaving the district in November for one more supervisory place for the Colchester college district, she has since returned to Meriden to supervise the operations of the particular training division for the complete college system.
“I’m excited to be again in Meriden,” Labato-DiTomasso mentioned as she launched herself earlier than the board. “I’m grateful for the chance to return to this group and to work with such devoted and proficient educators.”
This addition to the division comes because the district is looking for to extend its staffing and assist its particular training initiatives. Having introduced on 45 new hires for this semester, alongside many paraeducators, the district needs to bolster the particular training division to enhance the standard of the care they supply for college kids.
The motivation for that is the lowered expense to the district. On common, it prices extra to outplace college students to obtain the care they want in neighboring districts if the faculties aren’t in a position to present the care they want. This serves as an incentive for Meriden to proceed to make investments in paraeducators and retain certified workers which might be in a position to help with these with specialised wants.
Labato-DiTomasso shall be becoming a member of 4 different particular training supervisors overseeing the pupil personnel packages. Along with her experience within the area for 28 years, she expressed enthusiasm for with the ability to proceed to develop the division.
“I’ve a deep ardour for serving to college students with disabilities attain their full potential. I’m dedicated to offering college students with the helps they should succeed and develop into their full potential,” she mentioned.
“I imagine strongly in creating entry factors for all learners to wealthy instructional experiences by means of the event of robust programming. I do know we’re going through challenges in Meriden, however by means of challenges, we regularly discover alternatives to develop and study as a group. I look ahead to working with you to create a district the place all college students can thrive.”
The announcement of Labato-DiTomasso’s appointment was acquired with heat applause from the board, who welcomed her again to the district and noticed her greater than certified to imagine the place.
“It’s nice to have you ever again working with our group,” mentioned Superintendant Mark Benigni.
Added Board President Robert Kosienski Jr., “We’re thrilled to have you ever again. It’s unbelievable to have such nice folks in our district and holding on the custom. It’s fantastic to have you ever.”