PLAINVILLE - Local educators and community leaders bade farewell to Superintendent of Schools Maureen Brummett Tuesday, thanking her for 21 years of service.
The sign at Plainville High School read “We will miss you Dr. Brummett” as well-wishers pulled into the school’s parking lot. That was just one of many fond goodbyes prepared for Brummett, who will be heading to Newington.
As she entered the cafeteria, where the farewell program was held, she found it decorated with posters signed by students from throughout the school system. She also found pictures of classic rock albums, balloon guitars and jukeboxes, and a cardboard stand-up figure of Steven Tyler, from Brummett’s favorite band, Aerosmith.
A slideshow featured pictures from Brummett’s time in Plainville set to Aerosmith’s “Dream On,” and there was a cake decorated with a picture of Tyler and the Plainville and Newington school district logos.
Brummett, who started in the district as a special education assistant, called the farewell “bittersweet.”
“It will be very hard to leave this community after I’ve been here for 21 years, but I’m excited for my new adventure,” she said. “In my time in Plainville, I saw that it is a community that is very special, that cares a lot about kids and gets a lot done in the schools. There are lots of positive people who care that live and work here.”
Steve LePage, who was assistant superintendent under Brummett, will succeed her as superintendent. He said she was an “amazing mentor.”
“She inspired everyone in the district to be the best they can be at what they do,” he said.
State Rep. William Petit Jr., whose district includes Plainville, read a statement from the General Assembly congratulating Brummett and wishing her well in Newington.
“Personally, she’s been great to work with,” he said. “She always picked up her phone if I called or texted her, even later at night. She would help me to get any information I was looking for and if she didn’t know, she said she would find out.”
Deb Hardy, chair of the Board of Education, wished Brummett “lots of good luck” with her new job.
“She has done a wonderful job in the Plainville school system,” she said. “We are very grateful to have someone so concerned with the students of Plainville. Everything she did was for the students.”
Nicole Palmieri, vice chair of the Board of Education, said Brummett is “one of the most professional and approachable people” she has ever worked with.
“You could tell that she really cared about Plainville,” she said. “She put her heart and soul into it and she’ll be greatly missed.”
“I’m going to miss her sense of humor and her calm disposition in any situation,” Rosa Perez, director of curriculum, instruction and assessment in the school district, said. “I remember one time when we were getting the budget together and, all of a sudden, something happened. She said, ‘Houston, we have a problem,’ which broke the ice, made everyone laugh and helped us to keep going.”
Lynn Davis, the school district’s director of community relations, called Brummett an “incredible leader.”
“She was kind, hardworking and took our district to exceptional heights in every way,” she said.
Jeri Lynn Turkowitz, psychologist at Plainville High School, said Brummett was a “great listener and problem solver.”
“She handled herself well in every situation,” she said. “Our loss is Newington’s gain. She’ll do wonderful things for them.”
Brian M. Johnson can be reached at 860-973-1806 or firstname.lastname@example.org.