July 22, 2024

Superintendent Tom DeBalsi's Resignation


The Hartford School District Board of Directors and District Superintendent Tom DeBalsi today announced that Superintendent DeBalsi has tendered his resignation to the Board.

DeBalsi was in the next to last year of his contract with the District. He and the District concluded that this would be an advantageous time for the District to transition to a new superintendent to allow DeBalsi to leave his post as superintendent and complete his career as an educator, by returning to his roots as a teacher, which has always been his first love.

The school board is engaged in a search for a new superintendent, and Mr. DeBalsi has agreed to assist as may be requested with transition issues.

DeBalsi served the Hartford School District as superintendent for 13 years. Prior to that he had worked as a special education director for 14 years and a special educator for 10 years.

DeBalsi said he looks forward to returning to teaching as a transition from the high intensity position of superintendent to his eventual retirement.

DeBalsi is a certified special education teacher and has taught all subjects at the middle and high school levels. He looks forward to returning to teaching as he nears the end of his career.

The School Board will be working with the school community to identify candidates to succeed DeBalsi as superintendent, and board chair Kevin Christie said the board has a process underway for this effort.

The committee will be made up of the following members:

  • 2 Community
  • 2 Parents
  • 3 Teachers
  • 1 Student 
  • 2 Administrators
  • 1 Central Office
  • 1 Special educator
  • 1 Staff at large

The School board will reach out to PTO representatives, the union president, the equity coordinator, the administrators and central office staff. This will allow the membership of each group to have a say in who represents them on the committee. We look forward to partnering with all stakeholders as we work together to hire our next superintendent.