Bridget Carnemolla, the head of the Watertown schools since 2014, has been appointed as the new school superintendent for Avon.
The board of education appointed her unanimously Tuesday night. Carnemolla is expected to start in Avon in March, taking the place of Gary Mala, who left in late August.
“This is a unique opportunity to make a school district that is great even better,” Carnemolla said after the board’s vote. One of the things she found attractive about Avon, she said, is the strong support for the schools in the community and from the board.
Board Chairman Houston Putnam Lowry said the board reviewed 25 applicants and had a strong group to pick from.
“Dr. Carnemolla is well-credentialed and fully qualified,” Lowry said. “We could have picked anyone who is fully qualified but what we wanted is someone who is collaborative, will devote themselves heart and soul to Avon and is excited at the prospect of working with us and the staff. We found that in spades.”
Lowry said that the details of Carnemolla’s contract have not been finalized, but that her salary and retirement benefits are expected to total about $220,000. Carnemolla will have a three-year contract, a customary arrangement for superintendents.
Before she waorked as superintendent in Watertown, Carnemolla was principal of Watertown High School from 2012 to 2014, according to an overview of her career the board provided.
Much of Carnemolla’s career has been in the state’s technical high school system. She got her start as an educator teaching social studies at Bullard Havens Technical High School in Bridgeport before becoming a department head at Eli Whitney Technical High School in Hamden. From there, she was an assistant principal at Prince Technical High School in Hartford before becoming principal at Vinal Technical High School in Middletown and then returning to Eli Whitney as its principal.
Carnemolla also was an adjunct professor at Post University in Waterbury from 2001 to 2009.