Former Springfield official to lead Hartford schools

HARTFORD, Conn. (AP) – A woman who previously served as an assistant superintendent of schools in Springfield has been selected over 58 other applicants to lead the public school system in Hartford.

The city’s Board of Education finished a nationwide search Monday and chose Beth Schiavino-Narvaez, a deputy superintendent for public schools in Montgomery County, Maryland.

Schiavino-Narvaez is set to begin her new job July 1 and will succeed Christina Kishimoto, the first Latino to lead the city’s school system. The school board decided last year not to renew Kishimoto’s contract amid concerns that reforms were moving too slow, but Kishimoto defended her record.

Schiavino-Narvaez beat 58 other applicants for the Hartford job, including co-finalist Ronald Taylor, the school superintendent in Willingboro, N.J.

Shiavino-Narvaez is a former Fulbright scholar who worked in Springfield until 2011, when she took the job with Montgomery County.

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