Judith Pandolfo, former assistant superintendent for elementary education, will retire following the 2014-15 school year, interim Superintendent Lynne Pierson said in a news release Wednesday, July 30.

Pandolfo's position was eliminated as part of the administrative restructuring that took effect July 1. The two assistant superintendent positions were eliminated and an assistant superintendent of K-12 curriculum was created. Tim Canty, who was the assistant superintendent of secondary schools, was appointed to the new position.

Because Pandolfo was displaced as part of the reorganization, Connecticut tenure law allowed her to step into an available administrative position for which she was qualified.

Pandolfo, who began her Darien employment in 2005, told Pierson of her plans to retire at the end of the 2014-15 school year and "expressed concerns about assuming a new administrative position for only one year," according to the release.

She and Pierson agreed that it would be in the "best interest of the district to avoid this type of administrative disruption" according to the release.

Pandolfo will be on paid administrative leave until Dec. 31, 2014, and starting Jan. 1, 2015, she will be on unpaid leave until her retirement, which will take effect June 30, 2015, according to the release.

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