The Weston school board has named Weston Middle School Principal Kenneth Craw as the finalist for the position of assistant superintendent for curriculum and instruction for Weston public schools.
Dr. Craw, who has been the middle school principal for four years, will fill the vacancy left when Tom Scarice stepped down in order to take a job as superintendent of the Madison school district.
The school board will vote to officially appoint Dr. Craw at its meeting Monday, May 21. He is expected to begin his new job July 1.
When Mr. Scarice gave his notice in March, the school district hired Cooperative Education Services to conduct an executive recruitment search and conduct interviews with an initial pool of candidates. An Assistant Superintendent Search Committee appointed by the school board then conducted another round of interviews with candidates, and spoke with references of finalists, before choosing Dr. Craw.
In a press release, Lewis Brey, director of human resources for the Weston school district, said, “Dr. Craw has had a successful tenure as principal of Weston Middle School, and his impact on the education program has been significant.”
Mr. Brey said Dr. Craw led the AIM initiative at the middle school, a program pioneered by former Assistant Superintendent Scarice. AIM (Academic Innovation and Measurement) is a way to teach and test students in areas outside the core curriculum to better prepare them for the 21st Century.
Mr. Brey also credits Dr. Craw with:
- Transforming the teaming model to allow for greater coordination among teachers
- Leading the effort to revitalize and transform the middle school media center into a center of 21st Century learning
- Facilitating the transformation of the technology education program to include the implementation of Project Lead The Way
- Directing the development of curriculum for a high-interest music program aligned with the District’s 21st Century learning initiative.
Superintendent Colleen Palmer said, “Dr. Craw has shown himself to be an effective, innovative, and collaborative leader whose commitment to excellence permeates all he does. His relentless focus on a quality educational experience for each student will serve him well in his new role. The fact that Dr. Craw is already part of our educational community is an added bonus in that he can hit the ground running in terms of furthering the ambitious agenda of educational initiatives. I look forward to welcoming Dr. Craw to our Central Office Leadership Team.”
Philip Schaefer, school board chairman, said, “We are very pleased that Dr. Craw is our finalist for the position of assistant superintendent for curriculum and instruction. Dr. Craw has been highly successful as the principal at Weston Middle School, and he has a wealth of knowledge regarding our district and the exciting changes that are taking place. His leadership and talent will be invaluable as we move forward with the Strategic Plan, AIM, and our goals for the future.”
Before to coming to Weston, Dr. Craw served in several administrative and teaching positions in other Fairfield County school districts. He was the administrator for staff and student services at Joel Barlow High School (Redding and Easton); a house principal at Trumbull High School; a K-5 science specialist, 6-8 science curriculum monitor, and science teacher in the Darien public schools; and a science teacher at Tomlinson Middle School in Fairfield, where he began his career in education in 1992.
Dr. Craw earned his doctorate in science education from Columbia University Teachers College, a Sixth Year Degree in education leadership from Southern Connecticut State University, a master’s degree in biology education from Brown University, and his bachelor’s degree in biology at Amherst College.
Dr. Craw lives in Ridgefield with his wife and two children.