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Contact: Fran Rabinowitz, Executive Director, Connecticut Association of Public School Superintendents,, 860- 236-8640 ext. 160

Old Saybrook Public Schools Superintendent Jan Peruccio
named Connecticut’s 2022 Superintendent of the Year

2022 Superintendent of the Year


Hartford, Conn., November 18, 2022 – Old Saybrook Public Schools Superintendent Jan Perruccio, a ten-year veteran in the Superintendency, a consummate advocate for equity and student voice, and a leader in public education, has been named Connecticut’s 2022 Superintendent of the Year by the Connecticut Association of Boards of Education (CABE) and the Connecticut Association of Public School Superintendents (CAPSS) at their 2022 annual conference.

“This has been a challenging year to be a superintendent and was a year like no other. As such, we present a Connecticut Superintendent of the Year who represents all of us, who carries the banner for all of us. Jan Perruccio will make all of us proud as she exemplifies the work that we do and the role from which we do it”, said Frances Rabinowitz, Executive Director of CAPSS.

Jan Perruccio stated, “I am honored and proud to receive this recognition and I accept it on behalf of all superintendents across the State of Connecticut.  I know how important the leadership we provide can be to a school district and the students we serve, and I couldn’t be more pleased to represent our role and profession.”

About Jan Perruccio: Jan Perruccio has served as Superintendent of Schools in Old Saybrook since 2013. In that time, she has overseen the implementation of two District Strategic Plans, focusing learning and professional development around equity, high-quality instruction, and providing a safe and supportive learning environment for all students and staff. Under her leadership, Old Saybrook Public Schools also successfully navigated through the COVID-19 pandemic, using the opportunity to set a new technology standard of a one-to-one computer-to-student ratio and update the HVAC units at facilities across the entire District. At a regional/state level, Ms. Perruccio serves on, and often leads, several committees and groups, including the Middlesex Shoreline Superintendents Association, the Connecticut Association of Public School Superintendents Executive Board of Directors, and the Central Connecticut State University Advisory Board.

A staple of Jan Perruccio’s career has been an emphasis on transparency and communication with all stakeholders. Considered to be “mission critical,” Superintendent Perruccio co-chairs the Old Saybrook Public Schools’ Public Relations team and has been directly responsible for the creation of a number of new communication mediums, including the district website, three social media channels, and a site dedicated to communicating and health and safety news to the community. This effort won a state-level communication award from CABE in 2021.

Before coming to Old Saybrook, Mrs. Perruccio served as Assistant Superintendent for Personnel of the Wallingford Public Schools, and prior to that she was Principal at Lyme-Old Lyme High School, overseeing the creation of vision and mission statements as well as learner expectations for the school.

To learn more about Old Saybrook Public Schools and their goals for 2022-2023, go to Strategic Plan Video for Year 2.

The criteria used to select a superintendent of the year includes:

  • Leadership for Learning – creativity in successfully meeting the needs of students in his or her school system.  
  • Communication – strength in both personal and organizational communication.  
  • Professionalism – constant improvement of administrative knowledge and skills, while providing professional development opportunities and motivation to others on the education team.  
  • Community Involvement – active participation in local community activities and an understanding of regional, national, and international issues.

About the Connecticut Association of Public School Superintendents
The Connecticut Association of Public School Superintendents (CAPSS) is an organization that represents all superintendents and leaders of public schools in Connecticut. Their mission is to lead the continuous improvement of public education for all students by advocating public policy and developing and supporting executive school leaders. In short, it is committed to making sure schools in Connecticut are all they can be for our children.