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BROOKFIELD — The district has appointed two veteran educators as supervisors of special education.
These new positions replace the three chairs of the special education department. The change will be budget neutral and allow the district to support its most vulnerable students, according to a release.
“The new leadership model will help us to improve services for students,” Superintendent John Barile said. “Special education teachers and related staff members will be supervised by administrators that are knowledgeable about special education and are able to support their professional growth.”
Gina Wygonik, who has worked in various roles in special education and math at the Madison Public Schools since 1989, will serve as one of the supervisors. She is also an adjunct professor at Southern Connecticut State University. She will start May 7.
Christina Salvestrini, who currently works as a special education department chair for third through seventh-grade in Brookfield, will be the other supervisor. She previously worked as a special education teacher in the Weston Public Schools and was the executive director of a nonprofit for individuals with disabilities. She transitions to the new role April 23.