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12-Year Veteran Tapped for Trumbull Schools Chief

Gary Cialfi will replace Ralph Iassogna on July 1.

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.

Thomas Tesoro February 28, 2013 at 04:13 AM
Congratulations!!! Trumbull, in a tribute to Mr. Iasogna, has a deep bench and there were several well qualified candidates. This means that Dr. Cialfi will bring his tremendous intellect and drive to the position and that he will be supported by a stellar group of administrators. Both our children and our Community will benefit from that. Congratulations Dr. Cialfi!!
dave wilsoon February 28, 2013 at 06:24 PM
Congrats !! I'm sure his stint as THS principal will serve him well.
dave wilsoon March 09, 2013 at 06:03 PM
.....truthfully he didn't do very well and was peter principled to the central office.
A Heilbrunn April 18, 2013 at 10:36 AM
He was an awful Principal at Trumbull High. He did not interact with the students, looked more at his shoes, then the kids. Handled 911 as badly as could be. He treated the high schoolers as 5 year olds. Trumbull schools do it again - you think you are so much better than you really are.
dave wilsoon May 08, 2013 at 02:44 PM
Another Trumbull administrator appointed without much thought for the kids.... wait and see how this works out

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