After firing former athletic director Ted Dever in March, Arlington Public Schools announced Wednesday that it has hired a replacement to fill the post beginning this summer.
The new athletic director will be Melissa Dlugolecki, an assistant athletic director and a special education teacher at Holliston High School since 2009, according to a press release from Arlington Superintendent of Schools Kathleen Bodie.
“We are very pleased to welcome Ms. Dlugolecki to Arlington,” Bodie stated in the release. “She comes with a strong leadership track record as well as her high marks for her commitment to a high quality athletic program that supports and enhances school core values.”
Dlugolecki will permanently replace Dever, who was fired by the school district in March for reasons including a string of forfeitures that the district said was because of ineligible players allowed to participate on 12 different teams in the 2011-2012 school year during Dever’s tenure. His attorney, Rick Grundy, has said Dever is fighting his dismissal.
Before his dismissal, Dever had also been on paid administrative leave because of an ongoing criminal investigation about which police have disclosed few details.
Robert DiLoreto, the dean of students at the high school, has been serving as the interim athletic director and was praised by the Massachusetts Interscholastic Athletic Association for uncovering and acting on the athletic rule violations in Arlington.
Arlington Public Schools began looking for a permanent replacement for Dever this spring.
Dlugolecki has also been a varsity field hockey and softball coach at Holliston High School, was the captain of the field hockey team her senior year at Providence College and is working towards a Master’s degree in education at Framingham State University, according to Bodie’s office.
Her salary in Arlington is still being negotiated, said Robert Spiegel, the human resources director for Arlington Public Schools. The salary range included in the advertised job description is $78,000 to $88,000.