Cialfi elected to serve as new Trumbull superintendent

Dr. Gary Cialfi, assistant superintendent of Trumbull Public Schools, will succeed outgoing Superintendent Ralph Iassogna.

The Board of Education elected Cialfi at Tuesday night’s meeting. He starts the new post July 1.

“He has been well-groomed for the position,” Board Chair Stephen Wright said. “He has been a principal in this district, director of curriculum in this district and assistant superintendent in this district. In each capacity he has served with distinction. No doubt he will continue to do so.”

Iassogna announced his retirement, effective June 30, in January. He has worked in Trumbull schools for 39 years.

Members of the board and First Selectman Timothy Herbst , who came to congratulate Cialfi, hailed the assistant superintedent for numerous contributions to the district over the years, including being instrumental in the implementation of full-day kindergarten.

Cialfi said he expects the transition into the new position to be seamless, since he has respect for the district’s core values.

As for his goals, he said he wants to continue to work toward better student engagement and focus on technology.

“Technology will provide a powerful way to bring us to new heights,” he said of the district.

He said heightened security practices and vigilance is also a top priority.

“As well as heightened vigilance, mental health services must be at the forefront,” he said.

Cialfi thanked Ralph Iassogna and teachers and students for teaching him a great deal. He said he learned the most, however, from his wife, Donna and daughters.

“This is a promise to Trumbull, a promise to always make decisions that keep student needs as the primary concern.”

For more on Tuesday's meeting, see this week's Times.