Office of the Superintendent
Mark D. Benigni, Ed.D. | Superintendent
22 Liberty Street | 203-630-4171
Dr. Benigni was recognized as a 2015 Education Week Leader to Learn From for his collaborative leadership and innovative work; which includes extended day schools, BYOD K-12 guidelines, 1:1 device initiatives, and student-centered learning approaches, as well as the creation of a STARS Program for students with autism and a Success Academy for over-age and under-credited students. In 2016, the Meriden Public Schools was a recipient of a National School Boards Association Magna Award and a District of Distinction Award from District Administration magazine.
Since Dr. Benigni's arrival in 2010, the Meriden Public Schools has increased student academic growth, while reducing suspensions by 71% and expulsions by 96%. Dr. Benigni served as a teacher, principal and four-term mayor. In addition to authoring over 25 articles in educational journals and having Rowman and Littlefield Education publish his book, "Mentoring Matters", Dr. Benigni has presented at national venues and taught doctorate classes. Dr. Benigni was a recipient of the Ten Outstanding Young Americans Award by the United States Junior Chamber of Commerce, and he currently serves as the co-chair of the Connecticut Association of Urban Superintendents and a member of the Connecticut Association of Public School Superintendents' Board of Directors.
This year the Meriden Public Schools won a Model School Award from the International Center for Leadership in Education, and will be featured by Edutopia as a "District That Works".