Superintendent of Shelton public schools Dr. Chris Clouet said the board of education couldn\u2019t afford to waste any time when it came to replacing its Financial Director.\u201cThis is a key position,\u201d said Clouet. \u201cWe were looking to see if since Dominic is leaving at the end of June, if we could have a seamless transition and have someone aboard for July 1.\u201d The board of ed\u2019s current financial director, Dominic Barone, was unavailable for comment as of Tuesday, May 30. Clouet reported that Barone has accepted a position as Wallingford\u2019s board of education financial director because it is closer to his residence. According to board chair Mark Holden, the board achieved its goal and hired a qualified applicant from a \u201cpool of skilled candidates.\u201d \u201cFortunately we were able to find someone else who is eminently qualified and who I\u2019m sure will do a very good job here in Shelton,\u201d said Holden. Currently superintendent of region six in Connecticut, Ed Drapp was unanimously selected as the board of ed\u2019s new financial director and is scheduled to assume the position at the beginning of July. Region six includes the towns of Warren, Morris and Goshen. Drapp brings to Shelton more than 20 years of experience in business management and an MBA in corporate administration. \u201cI did a lot of research on Shelton and loved the direction it was heading in particularly around technology, STEAM, schools of innovation \u2014 which are all things that I\u2019ve been involved in promoting,\u201d said Drapp. \u201cI look forward to working closely with the superintendent and complementing the administrative team here in Shelton.\u201d Holden said he feels Drapp is a good fit for the direction Shelton education is headed in. \u201cWelcome aboard Mr. Drapp, we look forward to working with you and I\u2019m sure all of the principals here tonight will find you very easy to work with and very helpful,\u201d said Holden. Drapp said before choosing Shelton, he had watched videos of board meetings, as well as videos of Dr. Clouet posted to the education website, and felt as though he could be a positive addition to Shelton\u2019s education team. \u201cI know that business management and the finance side of things is critical when supporting education and the schools so I thought that my values and aligned with what\u2019s happening in Shelton,\u201d said Drapp. With hopes of continuing to enhance the experience of the students within the city, Drapp said he also hopes to help the city\u2019s education team use its resources wisely and stretch its resources to accomplish the visions of the school board and Clouet. New financial director comes during budget crisis Dr. Clouet said with all of the uncertainties at the state level concerning the budget, the city is currently awaiting to see potential effects of proposed cuts. Clouet added that although the city already finalized its budget, should the state\u2019s budget include cuts to education, the new finance director could be involved in the 2017-2018 fiscal year budget process. \u201cAt this point, we can only do the best we can with what we know,\u201d said Drapp. \u201cWe need to just be as transparent as we can with all of the stakeholders, let them know what all of the possibilities are and continue to do our jobs. What comes out of Hartford will impact every district throughout the state so Shelton isn\u2019t alone in that, but what I\u2019ve seen in Shelton and other districts alike are that people are supporting the kids and I\u2019m expecting that\u2019s what will continue.\u201d The husband and father of three said he has been in region six for 10 years and is ready for the new challenge that awaits him in Shelton. \u201cI\u2019m excited to be on a team that\u2019s moving in the right direction, down to the teachers and including the administrative team,\u201d said Drapp.