Principal at New Milford’s Schaghticoke school steps down, interim appointed

Robert Tremaglio

Robert Tremaglio

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NEW MILFORD — After five years in his position as principal of Schaghticoke Middle School, Chris Longo is stepping down and has taken a position in another district.

At a special meeting of the New Milford Board of Education on Tuesday, the Board unanimously approved the appointment of Robert Tremaglio as interim principal, beginning Oct. 7. Tremaglio will serve in this position until a permanent candidate is appointed.

According to a release, Tremaglio is a former principal of Trumbull High School and Bunnell High School in Stratford and previously served as the director of the Trumbull Agriscience and Biotechnology Center.

He has also served as assistant superintendent for secondary education for Stratford schools, the release said.

He has a bachelor’s degree in history and education from Fairfield University, a Masters Equivalent in legal studies from the University of CT/Southwestern University, an MAT from Manhattanville College with a specialization in secondary education with Gifted/Talented certification, and an Ed.D. from the College of Business and Public Management, University of Bridgeport.

In the release, New Milford Schools Superintendent Alisha DiCorpo said, “Dr. Tremaglio impressed us with his sincerity, his vast educational knowledge and his professionalism. Dr. Temaglio will spend time getting to know staff, students, families and community members over the course of his tenure with the middle school, building relationships and trust to help move SMS forward. We are excited to have him with us to fulfill this very important role. He will be a great asset to the existing leadership team.”

Longo has been principal of SMS since 2016. He replaced Dana Ford in that position.

In a letter he sent to families in the community, Longo wrote: “I am proud to have serviced the children of New Milford for nearly a decade at both the middle and high school levels. Over the years, I’ve made meaningful connections with students, staff, building and district administration, parents, and the community that I will truly cherish. Most of all, I am forever fortunate for the opportunity to have formed relationships with so many children in New Milford and it is my hope that I played a role in shaping their future.”