Danbury Schools hire two new finance department heads

DANBURY — The school district has hired two new staff members to lead its finance department.

John Spano is the new chief financial officer, replacing Courtney LeBorious, who moved to another district this summer. Eduardo Miranda will become deputy finance director, succeeding the deputy finance director who also left Danbury.

“It’s an honor to be here,” Spano said after his school board appointment was announced Wednesday night. “I’m very excited to start.”

Superintendent Kevin Walston called the two new recruits “capable” and “talented”.

“They’re both going to be incredible adjustments for our team and incredible adjustments for our school community,” he said.

Spano has served as chief financial officer and deputy principal for other “high performing” school districts, Walston said. He has worked in school and municipal finance.

“We have someone who is going to help us navigate the budget process when the time comes,” he said.

School officials said they wanted to work more with the city on the budget, which Danbury City Council has historically cut from the Board of Education’s proposal.

Miranda served as Associate Dean of Operations at Capital Community College. He has a master’s degree in finance and a “strong background” in finance and operations, Walston said.

He said the district changed the job title from “assistant” to “deputy” to make it more “attractive.”

“We were encouraged by Mr. Miranda’s talents,” Walston said. “We couldn’t let him go.

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