Farmington appoints new assistant superintendent, principal

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With the start of the 2022-2023 school year less than two weeks away, Farmington Public Schools announced a trio of new leadership appointments on Tuesday.

Effective Sept. 12, Farmington High School Principal Scott Hurwitz will become the district’s next assistant superintendent of finance and operations. The current FHS assistant principal, Russell Crist, will assume the role of interim principal. On Aug. 22, the district will welcome Felicia Poskus from Windsor Public Schools as FHS’s new interim assistant principal.

In a letter to the district community, Farmington Superintendent Kathleen Greider said that Hurwitz will start the school year as principal before taking on the position of assistant superintendent to “ensure a smooth transition to the 2022-2023 school year.”

“As a skilled instructional and operational leader, Dr. Hurwitz has exhibited expertise in finance and operations throughout his time in Farmington and he will bring a strong skill set to his new district-level position,” Greider said. “Dr. Hurwitz brings a record of success with his commitment to collaboration among all constituencies in establishing positive partnerships, implementing effective daily school operations and excellence in student outcomes.”

Greider said Hurwitz will lead the district’s new high school project, with construction set to start on a new facility this October.

Hurwitz joined the Farmington Public School District in 2018 as the principal of Irving A. Robbins Middle School after serving as a teacher and administrator in Glastonbury. In 2019, Hurwitz became FHS principal.

Crist graduated from FHS in 1996 and has more than two decades of experience working in the district. He has served as assistant principal of FHS since 2019.

“Mr. Crist has led efforts in the areas of the implementation of our Vision of the Global Citizen, equity initiatives, special education, social emotional learning, teaching and learning and operations in his current position. The relationships he has cultivated with students, families, faculty, and staff will serve him well as he transitions into the role of Interim Principal,” Grieder said.

Poskus is entering Farmington after working as an educator and administrator for public schools in Hartford and Windsor.

“Her expertise in data-decision making, tiered interventions, teaching and learning, equity and student well-being are highly valued in Farmington and we welcome her to our school district for the 2022-2023 school year,” Grieder said.