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S: Goodbye Josh

FC: Goodbye Josh | Adapted from Margaret Wise Brown by P.S.

1: In the great brown room there was a telephone and a computer and a basket of kisses for a witch without her broom

2: And there were two named "Assistant" with help so consistent

3: And a watcher of data even if the mode is in beta

4: And an iPad, Air, and laps to handout to the teacher bunch and a jar of "M's" for "upstairs" to munch.

5: Goodbye Monday AM Meetings Goodbye late verbal beatings Goodbye JUMPING when asked to walk to lunch.

6: Goodbye Dave and goodbye Kim

7: Goodbye Mike, yes... no one still sees him.

8: Goodbye to the "tech" women still want to "deck"

9: Goodbye paras and the end of that era

10: Goodbye virus stress Goodbye bad press

11: Goodbye Patti and calls during afternoon rush goodbye bitching, goodbye office so plush and goodbye to the feeling to yell, "Just hush!"

12: Goodbye boss, goodbye friend

13: For you this is a new beginning, certainly not the end.

14: NEW MILFORD -- The Board of Education this week unanimously voted to hire a former Schaghticoke Middle School eighth-grade social studies teacher, now technology manager for Ridgefield school district, to be the new assistant superintendent. After a executive session at a special meeting Monday night, the board voted to hire Joshua Smith of Plantsville to replace Maureen McLaughlin, who resigned earlier this year after two years in the job. Smith is the first of nine and a half administrative positions that district officials have to replace for the coming school year. "We are very fortunate to have Mr. Smith return to New Milford. His professional experience and knowledge in curriculum, professional development and assessment will serve the district well," Superintendent of Schools JeanAnn Paddyfote said in a official news release Wednesday. Smith also wrote "Walking Tour of Historic New Haven" and has been an adjunct professor in the master's of education program at Quinnipiac University.

15: In the early 1990s, he worked for U.S. Rep. Rosa DeLauro, D-New Haven. Smith's teaching career started in 1996, and he spent from 1997 to 2000 in New Milford. In the summer of 1999 he researched and developed a fifth- through 12th-grade Amistand curriculum for use in state classrooms. His career then steered toward educational technology. Hamden school administrator Karen Kaplan described Smith as a visionary educational leader who is creative and a good communicator, with a sense of humor and able to work with people at all levels. "In one's career there are always a few people with whom you work that stand out as extremely special. Josh Smith is one of those people," Kaplan said.

16: Mr. Joshua Smith, Director of Information and Technology, announced his appointment as Assistant Superintendent for the New Milford Public Schools effective July 1. Mr. Smith has served as Director of Technology in Ridgefield for the past five years. During that time, he was responsible for developing technology services to meet the rapidly growing needs of the district. He led the implementation of a new student information system; helped centralize the collection, storage, and analysis of data; strengthened and expanded the infrastructure; coordinated faculty and staff training on a host of technology tools; determined the best purchasing cycle for hardware and software; and facilitated the exploration and implementation of current technology tools to support student learning. He completed all projects and tasks with skill, patience, and a wonderful sense of humor. Mr. Smith will be missed in Ridgefield and we are sorry to see him leave. However, we also wish him good luck and success in his new position.

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