Greenwich schools makes operational change in central office, expands administrator's role

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Director of Curriculum and Leadership for K-8 Marc D'Amico at the Greenwich Public Schools

Director of Curriculum and Leadership for K-8 Marc D’Amico at the Greenwich Public Schools

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GREENWICH — One of the central office administrators is taking on a slightly expanded role with the Greenwich Public Schools.

“Come July 1st, I'll change my ‘call sign’ to Director of Curriculum and Leadership K-8,” administrator Marc D’Amico tweeted earlier this week. “I am honored for the opportunity to support our three middle school leaders and their teachers in 2021-2022.”

Since July 2020, D’Amico has been the district’s director of curriculum for K-8 and head of K-5 leadership; while deputy superintendent Ann Carabillo was responsible for all high school curriculum and leadership, as well as middle school leadership. Both work directly with Superintendent of Schools Toni Jones.

The change is operational, according to the district’s Director of Communications Sasha Houlihan.

“Dr. Jones shared that leadership refers to the oversight and development of the leadership teams (principals) at those grade levels,” Houlihan said. “This change was made to align all of both K-8 curriculum and leadership under Marc, and all of (grades) 9 through 12 under Ann, instead of sharing middle school duties of Marc with curriculum and Ann with leadership; now K-8 will all be Marc.”

Before joining the superintendent’s cabinet in 2020, D’Amico was principal at Glenville School, a position he held for 15 years.

Houlihan said the Board of Education was notified of the shift in central office assignments months ago. But Carol Sutton, who this week ended her term as president of the Greenwich Education Association — the union representing Greenwich teachers — said teachers were not officially notified of D’Amico’s new role.

“GEA is concerned that major announcements are made through tweets and not necessarily followed up through email and other official channels,” Sutton said.

Houlihan said district leadership was informed of the decision in March and that GEA was informed of the role shift at a meeting, though she did not say when the meeting occurred.

“As this was not a new position, there was not a large-scale announcement,” Houlihan said. “Marc has been working directly with principals and has connected with teacher groups as well.”

Despite the alleged failure to communicate the change, Sutton said teachers would generally welcome the reassignment.

“We’re not surprised with the change because having the middle school leadership under the deputy superintendent (Carabillo) and curriculum under D’Amico, didn’t really make sense to begin with,” Sutton said. “We see the logic in the change. It should be consistent and now it is.”

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