West Hartford Principal to Join Hartford Schools

HARTFORD — A  West Hartford School official will join the Hartford Public Schools administrative team as chief operating officer to help ”ensure student success.”

The Hartford Board of Education on Tuesday approved the appointment of veteran educator Donald J. Slater. Slater, 47, was prinicipal  of William H. Hall High School in West Hartford for 10 years. The veteran educator is expected to resign Sept. 28 and his position in Hartford will be effective Oct. 1.

Slater will replace Victor De La Paz, who was named chief financial officer for the Baltimore school system in June. As chief operating officer, Slater will supervise facilities, transportation, food services, security, school design and development, athletics, technology and student leadership.

“Dr. Slater is going to be a great addition to our team,” Superintendent Christina M. Kishimoto said. “I am thrilled to recommend him.”

Slater began his career in 1987 as a science teacher at A. I. Prince Technical High School in Hartford. Four years later, he was named assistant principal at E. C. Goodwin High School in New Britain. He moved to Hall High School 14 years ago in the role of assistant principal and in 2002 was promoted to principal.

In addition to his career in education,  Slater background includes 26 years of military experience, beginning in 1983, in the U.S. Army, the Army Reserve and the Army National Guard. His military service included a tour of duty in Iraq between 2003 and 2005.

“I want to express my gratitude to the superintendent and the board for their confidence in me,”  Slater said after the board vote. “I’m looking forward to the challenges and responsibilities of the position.”

A native of Jackson, Mississippi, Slater earned his Ph.D. in curriculum administration and special education from Boston College and his Master’s degree in school administration and leadership from Central Connecticut State University. He holds a Bachelor of Science degree in education from Jackson State University.



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