A green and white ribbon, the colors of Sandy Hook Elementary School in Newtown, Conn., is seen on the uniform of a Newtown High School Marching Band member after marching in the St. Patrick's Day Parade on March 16 in New York.
Newtown education officials have named Joseph Erardi, Jr., as the new superintendent of Newtown public schools, taking over a school district that is still grappling with the aftermath of elementary school shooting that left 20 young children and six educators dead.
The News-Times reports that school and community leaders officially announced the selection of Erardi, of Southington, at a meeting held Friday night.
Erardi expressed his desire to move beyond the Sandy Hook Elementary School shooting tragedy, saying, "I am respectful for the past, ready to work hard in the present, and very excited for the future."
Erardi has served for eight years as the Southington school chief. He is expected to assume his new post in April, replacing interim Superintendent John Reed.