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School District Introduces its New Technology Director

The Board of Education approved of the hire of Jack Zamary Tuesday night.

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.

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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.

jim laguardia September 05, 2012 at 11:34 AM
Hopefully the new man on the job will know how to focus a power point presentation, while telling parents they have to spend hundreds of dollars on BYOT.... As opposed to the former technology director
Rapture September 05, 2012 at 10:18 PM
So will he continue to be Principal in Middlebury? It does not mention former principal, or that he is leaving that position to make a full-time commitment to Monroe or to be available when we need him...
Cara J. Kramer September 06, 2012 at 08:51 PM
I think he'd have to resign his current position as principal to take on the position in Monroe since they're both full-time jobs.
Steve Kirsch September 06, 2012 at 10:37 PM
It was stated during the BOE meeting that Mr. Zamary is leaving his current job and the future start date in Monroe "is still being negotiated". This will allow time for his current school to find an interim replacement. Mr Zamary will be a full time employee in Monroe.
Anne Kluga September 12, 2012 at 10:44 PM
We know Jack Zamary and the Monroe school district has acquired a person of high principles, an unending desire to make things better for students and the capability to bring this to fruition. Like those of us who know Jack, you in Monroe will be better for having this very special man in your lives. Anne and Paul Kluga Newtown, CT 203-270-9024

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