As Monroe Public Schools embark on the Bring Your Own Technology initiative, it will forge ahead with a new director of technology/operations. On Tuesday night, the Board of Education approved the appointment of Jack Zamary of Newtown to fill that role.
Zamary, principal of Middlebury Elementary School, will replace Dr. Craig Tunks, who to accept a similar position in Ridgefield.
While introducing him during the school board meeting, Supt. of Schools James Augustine touted Zamary's past experience as leader of technology for Region 15.
"Jack brought Bring Your Own Technology and Smart Boards to Region 15 and provided the training teachers needed to get them up and running," Augustine said.
Zamary said he is excited about coming to Monroe and thanked the search committee who chose him out of five candidates in a process that included central office, the Board of Education and First Selectman Steve Vavrek.
"As a Newtown resident of 17 years, Monroe has always been a place I have fine thoughts about," Zamary said. "You have a wonderful staff."
Board of Education Chairman Darrell Trump said he heard "glowing remarks" about Zamary. "We're really happy to have you in our district," he said.
Augustine said Zamary's start date is still being negotiated, adding it may be as soon as two weeks.
Zamary started his career as band director for a middle school in New York State, before holding the same position at Danbury High School. He was also director of fine arts for Region 15 before serving as principal of Middlebury Elementary School for nine years.
Zamary earned bachelor's and master's degrees from UConn and sixth year and doctorate degrees from Southern Connecticut State University.