It didn't take the Trumbull Board of Education long to pick the successor to departing Supt. Ralph Iassogna.
"We were unanimous in our decision to select [Asst. Supt.] Dr. [Gary] Cialfi," said Chairman Steve Wright. "He's been well-groomed for the position."
"He's been with this district" as a principal and Director of Curriculum, according to Wright. "In each capacity he has served us with distinction."
Vice Chairwoman Deborah Herbst moved to give Cialfi the job, which was seconded and approved unanimously.
"I would like to say congratulations to you and good luck. You continue to do wonderful things for children. You have positively impacted Trumbull public schools and the Trumbull community," Herbst said.
Cialfi pledged to maintain class size and move the district forward, both in traditional edcuation and technology.
"Technology provides a powerful way to bring us to new heights," he said.
The assistant superintendent also vowed to maintain a safe school climate and keep schools secure.
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"Mental services must be at the forefront," Cialfi added.
In terms of education, Cialfi said the district must prepare students for upcoming changes such as increased graduation requirements.
"I have learned a great deal from Ralph, teachers and students," Cialfi said. "Becoming superintendent is a personal celebration for me and a promise to Trumbull ... to keep students' needs as our primary concern."
The incoming superintendent thanked his wife, Donna.
First Selectman Tim Herbst closed out the remarks following the announcement. "I have learned a lot from Ralph. I want congratulate our new superintendent," he said.
He pledged a "smooth transition" and called Cialfi "honest, intelligent and reliable."
Cialfi was also credited with helping the ACE Foundation and working to realize all-day kindergarten.