Hartford superintendent steps down after just 2 years for job with Department of Defense

HARTFORD - Just a week into the new school year, a big change is coming to Hartford Public Schools.

Despite being Hartford's highest paid city employee, despite heading up public schools for only two years, the capital city's superintendent is moving on.

The move is taking Dr. Beth Schiavino-Narvaez, 44, overseas, to oversee Department Of Defense schools in Japan, South Korea, and Guam.

Narvaez said the job offer, which she said she got Wednesday, was just too good to pass up.

Narvaez said she's proud of the progress under her leadership in Hartford, including less absenteeism and school suspensions, and she believes the district will continue to improve.

"Let me be clear. When we developed that plan, it was the community's plan. It was developed with families, with our students, with our central office staff, our school-based staff, our community leaders," Narvaez said.  "It's not my plan."

Narvaez doesn't know yet when her official last day is, but she plans to remain as superintendent for at least another month.

Narvaez sent out a welcome back message recently, saying "the start of this school year feels very different to me than the start of other school years," referring back to how much "we accomplished" in the past year with college graduation rates and a dip in absenteeism. You can read that here.