Central Berkshire Regional School District picks Plymouth educator as new assistant superintendent


DALTON -- The Central Berkshire Regional School District has added a new member to its administrative team.

The Central Berkshire Regional School Committee voted 12-0 to appoint Laurie A. Casna, 34, of Plymouth as the district's next assistant superintendent, effective July 1. The School Committee, at its May 22 meeting, also approved a contract, not to exceed three years, at a salary of $115,000 for the 2014-15 school year .

She will step in for Robert Putnam who will step up to the superintendent's spot when current superintendent, William Cameron, officially retires in June.

Casna currently serves as the director of personnel and student services for Pembroke Public Schools, but Putnam says she is now looking to relocate to the Berkshires.

"She brings a skill set to the administrative team that will help us with the administrative challenges facing us in the coming years," Putnam said.

He said this includes working with the district's seven member towns to address the realities of a declining enrollment and increasing costs while working to maintain a high quality of education and delivery of student services.

"In addition to her credentials, [Casna] brings a perspective from outside Berkshire County and a new voice" to help address these issues, Putnam said.

Casna will be coming from Pembroke, which has a total enrollment of 3,272 students, compared to Central Berkshire, which enrolls 1,736 students in pre-kindergarten to Grade 12.

According to her credentials and resume, Casna has a history in pursuing leadership and administrative opportunities.

She holds various degrees, including a bachelor's degree in political science and criminal justice from the University of Arizona; a master's degree in special education and a certificate of advanced graduate studies (CAGS) in educational leadership from what is now Bridgewater State University; and a juris doctorate from Suffolk Law School.

In Pembroke, she previously held roles as director of special education and secondary special education coordinator.

She's worked in the public school systems of Duxbury and Scituate, and has taught for the Boston Higashi School for youths and young adults with autism.

Casna also continues to do work as a pro-bono counselor with the Women's Bar Association Family Law Project.

In addition for vying for the assistant superintendent post in Central Berkshire, Casna was a finalist for a superintendent's position in the Northampton public school system. Central Berkshire began looking for a new assistant superintendent in March.


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