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Eastford Board of Education Appoints New Superintendent of Schools


​​At its meeting October 11, 2018, the Eastford Board of Education unanimously appointed ​Dr. Donna P. Leake​​ as the district’s new superintendent effective December 1, 2018. Dr. Leake emerged as the top candidate from a strong field of applicants. She will assume duties as Mrs. Linda Loretz retires from the district after more than 16 years​ ​of devoted service. Mrs. Loretz came to Eastford as our principal in August, 2002. She served as principal and superintendent for 4​ ​years, and has served solely as superintendent for the past 4+ years. 

Eastford Board of Education Chair Christine Hustus said, “Though we are sorry to see Linda leave, we are delighted to be welcoming Donna Leake to Eastford. Of all the candidates, she was the best fit and clear choice to join us and support our growth.”

Dr. Leake is a dynamic educator who has served for the past three years as Director of Campus Life at the University of New Haven’s Lyme Academy College. She spent three years prior to that as the Coordinator of Internships at University of New Haven. Donna has served as Superintendent of Schools in two small, PreK-8 districts: Sprague and Salem. She also served for 16 years as an administrator in Cheshire, including ten as principal of an elementary school. She brings to Eastford a love of children, passion for effective leadership and nurturing of staff, expertise in curriculum and instruction, and a spirit of curiosity. She has a history of improving student learning and engaging community members in the education of children. Donna said, “I feel privileged and thrilled to provide the collaborative leadership and support necessary to move forward the excellent educational initiatives that this warm and caring community of teachers, staff, parents, guardians, and community members aspires to provide to meet the academic, social, and emotional needs of all its children.”

Mrs. Hustus noted, “Donna is passionate about education, children, and school leadership and is excited to become our superintendent. She brings all the qualities, characteristics, and skills we identified through our focus groups and surveys as most important to the success of our next leader.”

Donna received her Bachelor of Science in Elementary Education from the University of Connecticut, a Master of Arts in Education from Fairfield University, and a Ph.D. from the University of Connecticut.

Please join the Eastford Board of Education in welcoming Dr. Leake to Eastford at a reception on Thursday, October 25, 2018 at 7:00 pm in the Eastford Elementary School library.