Dr. Mario Almeida Appointed Barlow Head of School and Assistant Superintendent

At a special meeting held on Wednesday, September 1, the Regional School District #9 Board of Education unanimously endorsed the appointment of Dr. Mario Almeida as Head of School/Assistant Superintendent for Joel Barlow High School.

Dr. Almeida, currently the principal of Rocky Hill High School for the past 13 years, was selected from a pool of 26 candidates. He holds undergraduate and doctoral degrees from Central Connecticut State University. In addition, Dr. Almeida holds an advanced degree in Education Administration from the University of Connecticut. Dr. Almeida’s resume can be accessed here.

The Regional School District #9 Personnel Search Committee screened 26 applicants and conducted interviews with seven candidates. The Personnel Search Committee selected four candidates to advance to finalist interviews with the Board of Education and advisory stakeholders which included parents, staff, and school and central office administrators.

Of his appointment, Dr. Almeida said, “I’m honored to be appointed as Joel Barlow’s next Head of School/Assistant Superintendent. I look forward to working with the faculty, students and the Joel Barlow community as a whole.”

Todd Johnston, Regional School District #9 Board of Education Chair, said, “We are excited to have Dr. Almeida join us at Joel Barlow. His experience and leadership will help us navigate the start of school under Covid-19 protocols, close the gap as a result of remote learning, and encourage the teachers’ creativity to get us to the next level of learning and vision of the Barlow graduate as we come out of the pandemic.”

Dr. Jason McKinnon, incoming ER9 Superintendent, shared the Board’s enthusiasm, “Dr. Almeida is an excellent communicator and has a reputation in his community for creating a positive school climate. I look forward to working with Dr. Almeida and all stakeholders in Region 9.”

The Joel Barlow Head of School/Assistant Superintendent search was facilitated by Dr. Joseph Erardi, from the JE Consulting firm.