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CAS-CIAC Makes Staff Changes For New Year

CHESHIRE, Conn. – The Connecticut Association of Schools and Connecticut Interscholastic Athletic Conference (CAS-CIAC) have made several staff changes prior to the start of the 2019-20 school year with four individuals joining the organization and another assuming a new role.

Dr. Rosie O’Brien Vojtek, Henry Rondon, Dan Scavone, and Dr. Bill Silva have all joined the CAS-CIAC central office staff while Bob Hale has assumed a new role within the organization.

“CAS-CIAC is excited to welcome this highly-talented and energetic group of leaders to their new roles with our organization,” CAS-CIAC Executive Director Glenn Lungarini said. “These individuals bring tremendous experience from a diverse array of positions that we are confident will lend expertise and perspective to CAS-CIAC and in turn be of great service to our membership.”

Dr. Vojtek joins the staff as an assistant executive director and is overseeing the work of the elementary and middle level divisions of CAS. She has a long history of CAS-CIAC involvement including a recent two-year term as CAS President. Dr. Vojtek retired in June after twenty years as principal of Ivy Drive Elementary School in Bristol. Her volunteer work with CAS earned her a 2008 CAS Letter of Commendation and a 2013 CAS Citation, the highest honor given by the association.

“I am thrilled to be a member of the CAS staff, it is truly a dream come true,” Dr. Vojtek stated. “I look forward to giving CAS my undivided attention and working with principals across the state. I am very aware of the current issues, needs, and concerns of educators and will bring my voice to the table to advocate with and for them. I am very excited to be able to work with schools, administrators and other organizations across the state in my new role.”

Rondon joins CAS-CIAC after working in a variety of roles at Kolbe Cathedral High School in Bridgeport since 2007. During that period, he worked as a coach, athletic director, dean of students and, ultimately, principal, a position he held for five years before leaving to work in the CAS-CIAC central office. He serves in several capacities with CAS-CIAC including assistant director of student activities, assistant director for Unified Sports®, and liaison for cross country and indoor and outdoor track & field.

“I am excited and then some to have this opportunity and I’m really looking forward to being able to get involved in a lot of different programs,” Rondon said. “As an AD or principal you are focused on what is happening in your building but I’m really interested in the opportunity to have a broader perspective to see what is happening in different communities and schools and to be involved in both athletics and leadership programs.”

Scavone contributed to high school athletics in a variety of roles before joining CIAC. Most recently he served as the commissioner of the Central Connecticut Conference, and, prior to that, he enjoyed a lengthy career as both an athletic director and high school official. As a CIAC executive staff member, he serves as director of the CIAC Officials Association, work as liaison for several sports, continue as boys and girls basketball assistant tournament director (officials) and work on the CIAC Season Limitations Committee.

“I’m incredibly excited to be joining the CIAC staff,” Scavone stated. “I’ve had the opportunity to see in my previous roles everything the organization does for its member schools, and to now have a firsthand opportunity to take part in that is a thrill.”

Dr. Silva joins CAS-CIAC as the new director of the Center for Leadership and Innovation and associate executive director of CAS. He  comes to CAS after spending the last six years as the principal at Farmington High School where he was chosen as the CAS Principal of the year in 2018. He began his career teaching at Berlin High School before he entered school administration as an assistant principal at Lewis Mills High School in 2010. In addition to overseeing the work of the Center for Leadership and Innovation, Dr. Silva is also responsible for high school programs and services.

“I am excited to be joining the distinguished staff at CAS-CIAC and contributing to the organization’s important work advancing public education in Connecticut,” Dr. Silva explained. “I look forward to continuing the excellent programs already in place, and also responding – as both a resource and an advocate – to the needs and desires of our member schools in promoting leadership and innovation in education throughout the state.”

Bob Hale has begun serving as the director of the CIAC Unified Sports program after spending the last five years as an assistant director for Unified Sports. Prior to that he was the principal of Westbrook High School where he also was heavily involved in the CIAC including serving as chairperson of the CIAC Board of Control and the chair of the CIAC Field Hockey Committee.

“I’ve had the pleasure and honor of working with the fabulous team that leads CIAC Unified Sports for the past five years,” Hale said. “I’m thrilled to be continuing in this new role and furthering the cause of inclusion in all of our schools.”

Full bios on all CAS-CIAC staff, including the new staff members, will be available on the “about” page of both cas.casciac.org and CIACsports.com.

CIAC Statement On Notification of OCR Inquiry

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CHESHIRE, Conn. – The Connecticut Interscholastic Athletic Conference (CIAC) received notification that the United States Department of Education, Office of Civil Rights has opened an inquiry in regard to the CIAC’s policy on transgender athlete eligibility.  The CIAC is committed to equity in providing opportunities to student athletes in Connecticut, and the CIAC will participateContinue Reading

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Weather Alters CIAC Track & Boys Tennis Schedules

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CAS-CIAC Adding 10 Inductees To Hall of Honor

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CAS-CIAC 2018-19 Battle of the Fans Winner

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Weekend Championship Event Schedules Altered By Weather

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CIAC Hosting Basketball Coaching Clinic At Mohegan Sun

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