Litchfield News

Dean of students moving to LIS principal job (06-26-17)

Michael Pascento has been appointed to the principal's job at Litchfield Intermediate School. BZ photo 

After two years as dean of students at Litchfield High School, Michael Pascento will be moving to the principal's office at Litchfield Intermediate School.
Pascento was appointed to the principal's position by the Board of Education last week. He'll succeed Jennifer Murphy, who is leaving after 10 years to become the principal of Memorial Middle School in Middlebury.
A search committee that included Superintendent of Schools Sherri Turner, administrators from the town's three schools, school board members, an LIS teacher and a parent recommended Pascento to the board. He was one of three finalists for the job. There were 33 applicants.
With Pascento at LIS, the school board will be able to maintain administrative continuity, according to board Chairman Frank Simone.
Pascento has several years of experience at the elementary school/middle school level. He was principal of the pre-K Sherman School for one year and assistant principal at the school for six years, and also taught at the school. He has experience as an assistant principal in Brookfield too.
“It’s an exciting opportunity to go back to the grade levels where I’ve spent most of my career,” Pascento said of the intermediate school, which houses grades 4-6. “I feel I have a lot to offer at this level and it will give me a chance to put my roots down in Litchfield.”
Pascento has a master’s degree in education from the University of Bridgeport, a sixth-year certificate in educational leadership from Southern Connecticut State University, a doctorate degree in instructional leadership from Nova Southeastern University, and a superintendent certificate from Central Connecticut State University.