A familiar face joins the Shelton School District finance office

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SHELTON – The overhaul of Superintendent Ken Saranich’s central office continued last month with the hiring of a familiar face.

Allan Cameron, who spent 18 years as district finance director before retiring in 2014, has been hired as interim finance director per diem. Cameron returns to replace Rick Belden, whose retirement became official on July 1.

“We are happy to have Allan’s support during the summer and the start of the school year,” said Saranich. “He’s delighted to be back… he will be of great help to us when needed.


Saranich said Cameron, after retiring, had spent time acting as interim CFO for other districts – most recently Trumbull.

“Mr. Cameron brings a wealth of knowledge and expertise to this position,” said Education Board Chair Kathy Yolish. “We are fortunate to have his availability to accompany us in the process. transition in search of a permanent CFO. We look forward to a collaborative effort with Mr. Cameron and are happy to find him on board. “

According to Saranich, the district is currently carrying out an operational financial audit focused on how the school’s financial service can be managed more effectively.

“This audit will be important in how we go about the search process (for Belden’s permanent replacement)… Allan will be there to help us through this,” added Saranich.

Yolish said Cameron would work with PKF O’Connor Davies, the company the council hired to perform the operational audit of the district’s financial policies and procedures. Cameron worked with the same firm when Trumbull resisted their district’s financial and operational audit.

Cameron’s hiring comes as Saranich completes the reorganization of the special education department. Margaret Giordano, at the Board of Education meeting last month, was appointed Special Education Supervisor for Compliance, Inclusion and Professional Learning.

Saranich said Giordano joined Shelton from the Philadelphia public school system, where she was the special education compliance supervisor.

“As a member of this leadership team, she coordinated and oversaw special education programs ensuring adherence to all state and local mandates and provided coaching and instructional modeling,” said Saranich.

Prior to this position, Giordano spent time as a special education teacher in Philadelphia and New York. She received her principal’s certification from the University of Pennsylvania. Giordano holds certifications in administration, special education and English.

Giordano’s hiring comes just weeks after the Board of Education hired William Roland as the district’s special education supervisor. Roland and Giordano officially took office on July 1 after the retirement of Beth Smith, a longtime veteran of the district.

Roland was most recently in Area 15 where he worked as Head of Special Education Department at Pomperaug High School in Southbury. Saranich said details of the contract are being worked out, so no wages have been set.

Prior to his time in Area 15, Saranich said, Roland held various leadership and special education positions in the New Haven public school system as well as Area Cooperative Educational Services in Hamden.

Roland graduated in Administration from the University of Bridgeport in 2013 and is currently pursuing his Doctorate in Education in Educational Leadership.

“Bill comes to us with extensive experience in special education at the high school level,” said Saranich, “where he has successfully led instructional teams in the development and implementation of programs and supports for student success. “

Roland and Giordano replace Smith, who was in his second term as director of district special education and support services. Smith had been acting superintendent of schools from February 2020 – after Chris Clouet left – until January 1, when Saranich took the reins.

Smith leaves Shelton at the end of the month after 35 years of study, including as director of Shelton High.

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