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He added: “Prior to her arrival in Westport Ms. Leffert worked for the Fairfield Public Schools from which she retired in 2017. Her experiences in Fairfield included roles as a special education teacher, a district coordinator of special education services, and director of human resources

“Shortly after retiring Ms. Leffert also served as the interim principal of McKinley Elementary School in Fairfield. Her extensive experience in both Fairfield and Westport make her the ideal person for the role of interim principal at Kings Highway.”

Scarice said DiBella has been working tirelessly throughout the summer to get everything ready for the start of the school year.

“She is committed to making sure this work continues and has already begun important transition work with Ms. Leffert,” he said.

In March 2019, DiBella and four staff members, put on administrative leave almost two months earlier, returned to work.

The educators had been subject to allegations “that were thoroughly addressed through a comprehensive review process,” said acting superintendent Anthony Buono at the time.

Buono said due to confidentiality rules imposed by federal and state law, there could not be a direct response to or discussion about the allegations.

WesportNow reported on Feb. 5 the administrative leaves resulted from a complaint filed with the state about the restraining of a 6-year-old special needs student multiple times, according to a parent familiar with the matter.

He added: “Prior to her arrival in Westport Ms. Leffert worked for the Fairfield Public Schools from which she retired in 2017. Her experiences in Fairfield included roles as a special education teacher, a district coordinator of special education services, and director of human resources

“Shortly after retiring Ms. Leffert also served as the interim principal of McKinley Elementary School in Fairfield. Her extensive experience in both Fairfield and Westport make her the ideal person for the role of interim principal at Kings Highway.”

Scarice said DiBella has been working tirelessly throughout the summer to get everything ready for the start of the school year.

“She is committed to making sure this work continues and has already begun important transition work with Ms. Leffert,” he said.

In March 2019, DiBella and four staff members, put on administrative leave almost two months earlier, returned to work.

The educators had been subject to allegations “that were thoroughly addressed through a comprehensive review process,” said acting superintendent Anthony Buono at the time.

Buono said due to confidentiality rules imposed by federal and state law, there could not be a direct response to or discussion about the allegations.

WesportNow reported on Feb. 5 the administrative leaves resulted from a complaint filed with the state about the restraining of a 6-year-old special needs student multiple times, according to a parent familiar with the matter.

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